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Thermophiles Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution

  • Anna-Louise Reysenbach
  • Mary Voytek
  • Rocco Mancinelli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Thomas D. Brock
    Pages 1-9
  3. Daniel Prieur, Mary Voytek, Christian Jeanthon, Anna-Louise Reysenbach
    Pages 11-22
  4. Robert F. Ramaley, Pamela L. Scanlan, William D. O’Dell
    Pages 41-50
  5. M. J. Ferris, S. C. Nold, C. M. Santegoeds, D. M. Ward
    Pages 51-64
  6. D. L. Stoner, C. K. Browning, D. K. Bulmer, T. E. Ward, M. T. MacDonell
    Pages 65-80
  7. Joseph R. Graber, Julie Kirshtein, Mark Speck, Anna-Louise Reysenbach
    Pages 81-91
  8. Siegfried Burggraf, Robert Huber, Thomas Mayer, Petra Rossnagel, Reinhard Rachel
    Pages 93-101
  9. John D. Varley, Robert F. Lindstrom, Charles C. Chester
    Pages 191-200
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 201-205

About this book

Introduction

These are indeed exciting times to be a microbiologist. With one of the buzzwords of the past decade-"Biodiversity," and microbes are reveling in the attention as they represent by far most of the biodiversity on Earth. Microbes can thrive in almost any environment where there is an exploitable energy source, and, as a result, the possible existence of microbial life elsewhere in the solar system has stimulated the imaginations of many. Extremophiles have taken center stage in these investigations, and thermophiles have taken on the lead roles. Consequently, in the past decade there has been a surge of interest and research in the Ecology, Biology, and Biotechnology of microorganisms from thermal environments. Many of the foundations of thermophile research were laid in Yellowstone National Park, primarily by the research of Professor Thomas Brock's laboratory in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The upper temperature for life was debated, the first thermophilic archeum discovered (although it was only later shown to be an archeum by ribosomal cataloging), and the extremes of light, temperature, pH on the physiology of microorga­ nisms were explored. Interest in thermophiles increased steadily in the 1970s, and with the discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents in 1977, thermophilic research began its expo­ nential explosion. The development of Taq polymerase in the polymerase chain reaction (peR) focused interest on the biotechnological potential of thermophilic microorganisms and on the thermal features in Yellowstone National Park.

Keywords

Bur Evolution biodiversity biotechnology ecology microbiology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna-Louise Reysenbach
    • 1
  • Mary Voytek
    • 2
  • Rocco Mancinelli
    • 3
  1. 1.Portland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.United States Geological SurveyRestonUSA
  3. 3.NASA/Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-1197-7
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2001
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-5436-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-1197-7
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