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Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology

Algae and Cyanobacteria in Extreme Environments

Editors: Seckbach, Joseph (Ed.)

  • Contains an invaluable collection of essays on the life of extremophilic algae
  • Provides clues about life on the edges of the Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe as well
  • Features contributions from leading scientists, covering all aspects of algae in severe habitats
  • Offers a modern scientific understanding of phototrophic microbes
  • Includes impressive photos and micrographs of the various algae discussed in the text
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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.

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From the reviews:

"The algae are a remarkably successful group, accounting for the oxygen we breathe and responsible for the greater part of carbon and nitrogen fixation. They are found almost anywhere … from freshwater to brine and from the deserts to the great oceans. How they function in such extraordinary conditions is the subject of this book. … the book’s main readership will be phycologists and ecologists … . This is a very useful book … ." (Mark Burgess, Biochemist e-Volution, April, 2009)


Table of contents (42 chapters)

  • Oxygenic Photosynthetic Microorganisms in Extreme Environments

    Seckbach, Joseph (et al.)

    Pages 3-25

  • Effects of Ultraviolet Radiation on Cyanobacteria and their Protective Mechanisms

    Pattanaik, Bagmi (et al.)

    Pages 29-45

  • The Hidden Life of Algae Underground

    Reisser, Werner

    Pages 47-58

  • Meromictic Lakes as Habitats for Protists

    Klaveness, Dag (et al.)

    Pages 59-78

  • Marine Phototrophs in the Twilight Zone

    Stambler, Noga (et al.)

    Pages 79-97

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eBook $329.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-024-0474-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Algae and Cyanobacteria in Extreme Environments
Editors
  • Joseph Seckbach
Series Title
Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6112-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6112-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6111-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0474-6
Series ISSN
1566-0400
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIV, 813
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