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The book deals with in-depth analysis of the ultrastructure of cyanobacteria, a group of phototrophic microorganisms performing a key function in the biosphere’s evolution, highly tolerant to environmental changes
Presents the original concept of 'bacterial ultrastructural plasticity' as a new strategy for research of the adaptability and intraspecies structural diversity of cyanobacteria and other prokaryotes
This book offers an in-depth analysis of the cell biology of cyanobacteria, a group of phototrophic microorganisms performing an important function in the biosphere. The chapters present the author’s and her colleagues’ pioneering investigations of the ultrastructure of cyanobacteria under high-light and dark conditions, during irradiation by extremely high fluxes of light, in the course of L-transformation and within model associations and natural symbioses with plants. Diverse patterns of ultrastructural change are illustrated in electron micrographs and schematics. The book further introduces a new concept of “bacterial ultrastructural plasticity” - the reversible rearrangement of ultrastructure in response to environmental changes, as a strategy for finding and investigating cell adaptation mechanisms and intraspecies structural diversity of cyanobacteria and other prokaryotes. It serves as a valuable guide for teaching and research in the field of cell biology of microorganisms and plant-cyanobacteria symbioses.