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Enigmatic Microorganisms and Life in Extreme Environments

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  • Covers the fields of origin, evolution and phylogenesis from prokaryotic to eukaryotic cells

  • Includes the symbiotic association between two or more organisms on the endocellular and exocellular levels

Part of the book series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology (COLE, volume 1)

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Table of contents (52 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xxi
  2. In the Beginning: Origin and Evolution of the First Cells

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Gene Transfer in Early Evolution

      • Lorraine Olendzenski, J. Peter Gogarten
      Pages 15-27
    3. The Evolution of Algae

      • A. W. D. Larkum
      Pages 29-48
    4. From Bacteria to Protista

      • Hakobu Nakamura
      Pages 49-62
    5. Fossil Bacteria

      • Frances Westall
      Pages 73-88
  3. Enigmatic Microorganisms

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 98-98
    2. The Prochlorophytes - An Algal Enigma

      • A. F. Post
      Pages 113-125
    3. Cryptomonad Systematics - An Algal Enigma?

      • Paul Kugrens
      Pages 127-138
    4. The Organellar Genomes of Cyanidioschyzon merolae

      • Niji Ohta, Naoki Sato, Tsuneyoshi Kuroiwa
      Pages 139-149
  4. The Versatile Extension of Life

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 151-151
    2. The Versatility of Microorganisms

      • Maud M. Walsh, Joseph Seckbach
      Pages 153-162
    3. Eukaryotic Cells Under Extreme Conditions

      • D. Mc L. Roberts
      Pages 163-173
    4. The Poikilotrophic Micro-Organism and its Environment

      • A. A. Gorbushina, W. E. Krumbein
      Pages 175-185
    5. The Study of Enigmatic Microbial Communities

      • T. E. Jensen, W. A. Corpe
      Pages 187-194
    6. Nanobacteria and Man

      • E. Olavi Kajander, Mikael Björklund, Neva Çiftçioglu
      Pages 195-204

About this book

Modern methods and approaches, such as the analysis of molecular sequences to infer evolutionary relationships among organisms, have provided vast new sets of data to further our understanding ofliving organisms, but there remain enigmas in the biological world that will keep scientists working and thinking for decades. Microorganisms by virtue of their small size and almost unbounded diversity provide ample examples of intriguing mysteries that are being challenged with all of the techniques the modern scientific arsenal can provide. One whole arena of this battle to resolve puzzling mysteries about various microorganisms is the almost unbelievable ability of many micro-organisms to live in extreme environments. Whether the challenge is extreme heat, cold, pressure, hyper­ salinity, alkalinity or acidity, some micro-organisms live now where no life might seem possible. This fascinating state of affairs is the context for this present volume edited by Joseph Seckbach. This Volume is a compilation of many of the especially interesting questions and biological challenges that arise in the consideration of microorganisms in general and the extremophiles in particular.

Keywords

  • algae
  • arctic
  • bacteria
  • biology
  • desert
  • environment
  • evolution
  • flora
  • fungi
  • growth
  • microorganism
  • Organe
  • physiology
  • soil
  • systematics

Reviews

"It is a good reference source for traditional extreme habitats and also provides many novel topics, such as lab-induced endosymbiosis, and good review chapters on basic physiology and metabolism."
(European Journal of Phycology, 36 (2001)

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USD 139.00
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Softcover Book
USD 179.99
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Hardcover Book
USD 379.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)