Life in Extreme Environments

Editors: Amils Pibernat, Ricardo, Ellis-Evans, Cynan, Hinghofer-Szalkay, Helmut G. (Eds.)

  • Provides an intriguing look at how life can adapt to many different extreme environments
  • Addresses the limits for life development
  • Examines different strategies used by organisms to adapt to different extreme environments
  • The first item in the Astrobiology Road Map is the study of extremophilic organisms
  • Extremophilic research is needed to explore the potential applications of these organisms
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From the deepest seafloor to the highest mountain, from the hottest region to the cold Antarctic plateau, environments labeled as extreme are numerous on Earth and they present a wide variety of features and characteristics. The life processes occurring within these environments are equally diverse, not only depending on stress factors (e.g. temperature, pressure, pH and chemicals) but also on the type of life forms, ranging from microbes to higher species. How is life limited by and adapted to extreme external biotic and abiotic factors? This key question summarises the deliberations raised by this exciting and fascinating research area. Addressing the challenge of answering this question would help to reveal new insights and refine theories concerning the origin and evolution of life on our planet, as well as life beyond Earth. Investigating life processes under extreme conditions can also bring clues for understanding and predicting ecosystems' responses to global changes. Furthermore, this area of research has a wide application potential in the fields of (bio)technoloty, chemical industry, pharmaceutics, biomedicine or cosmetics.

(Investigating Life in Extreme Environments - A European perspective, European Science Foundation, May 2007)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Access to glacial and subglacial environments in the Solar System by melting probe technology

    Stephan Ulamec, Jens Biele, Oliver Funke, Marc Engelhardt

    Pages 1-24

  • Viruses in extreme environments

    Marc Le Romancer, Mélusine Gaillard, Claire Geslin, Daniel Prieur

    Pages 99-113

  • Extremely halophilic archaea and the issue of long-term microbial survival

    Sergiu Fendrihan, Andrea Legat, Marion Pfaffenhuemer, Claudia Gruber, Gerhard Weidler, Friedrich Gerbl, Helga Stan-Lotter

    Pages 125-140

  • Ecology and molecular adaptations of the halophilic black yeast Hortaea werneckii

    Nina Gunde-Cimerman, Ana Plemenitaš

    Pages 177-185

  • Life strategy, ecophysiology and ecology of seaweeds in polar waters

    C. Wiencke, M. N. Clayton, I. Gómez, et al.

    Pages 213-244

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Life in Extreme Environments
Editors
  • Ricardo Amils Pibernat
  • Cynan Ellis-Evans
  • Helmut G. Hinghofer-Szalkay
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6285-8
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6285-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6284-1
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7596-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 450
Additional Information
Reprinted from REVIEWS IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND BIO/TECHNOLOGY, 5:2-3 and 6:1-3
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