Algae and Cyanobacteria in Extreme Environments

  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 11)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiv
  2. General Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 2-2
    2. Joseph Seckbach, Aharon Oren
      Pages 3-25
  3. Phototrophs at High and Low Light

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 28-28
    2. Bagmi Pattanaik, Rhena Schumann, Ulf Karsten
      Pages 29-45
    3. Werner Reisser
      Pages 47-58
    4. Dag Klaveness, Finn Løvhøiden
      Pages 59-78
    5. Noga Stambler, Zvy Dubinsky
      Pages 79-97
  4. Phototrophs in the Marine Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 100-100
    2. Michael Kühl, Min Chen, Anthony W. D. Larkum
      Pages 101-123
    3. Frithjof A. S. Sterrenburg, Richard Gordon, Mary Ann Tiffany, Stephen S. Nagy
      Pages 141-172
    4. David Garbary
      Pages 173-191
    5. M. Sundararaman, T. Boopathi, S. Gopinath
      Pages 209-224
  5. Phototrophs in Cold Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 286-286

About this book


ALGAE AND CYANOBACTRIA IN EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS is a unique collection of essays, contributed by leading scientists from around the world, devoted to algae – and some related microbes – observed in unexpected harsh habits, which it seems are an oasis or Garden of Eden for these organisms. This timely book on Extremophilic alga, including its especially impressive micrographs, may provide clues about the edges of life on Earth and possibly elsewhere in the universe.

Defining locations from the anthropomorphic point of view, the environments explored ranges from severe and distant to "normal" places. The algae discussed, microbial oxygenic phototrophs, are classified into various categories according to their habitats. They thrive in various temperature ranges, at the limits of pH values, in salt solutions, under UV radiation, dryness, heavy metals, anaerobic niches, under various levels of illuminations, and under hydrostatic pressure. Authors discuss bio-diversely algal territories ecologically – the hot springs with the thermophiles or acido-thermophiles; Antarctica, the Artic, and permafrost zones with their cold lovers (Psychrophiles); soda lakes with the alkaliphiles, saltine areas with halophiles. In addition to general essays, Algal species discussed in detail include diatoms, Cyanidium, Galdieria, Dunaliella, and Chroococcidiopsis.

This volume is a must for students of the field of biodiversity, as well as those in Phycology, ecology and general biological research.


Chlorophyta Ecology Mangrove algae astrobiology biodiversity biology cyanobacteria deep-sea dinoflagellates ecosystem environment eukaryotes hypersaline environments

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  1. 1.The Hebrew University of JerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2007
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-6111-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-6112-7
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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