© 2007

Life in Extreme Environments

  • Ricardo Amils
  • Cynan Ellis-Evans
  • Helmut Hinghofer-Szalkay

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Stephan Ulamec, Jens Biele, Oliver Funke, Marc Engelhardt
    Pages 1-24
  3. Marcella de Champdoré, Maria Staiano, Vincenzo Aurilia, Olesia V. Stepanenko, Antonietta Parracino, Mosè Rossi et al.
    Pages 45-54
  4. Jesus Martinez-Frias, Gabriel Amaral, Luis Vázquez
    Pages 55-67
  5. Marc Le Romancer, Mélusine Gaillard, Claire Geslin, Daniel Prieur
    Pages 99-113
  6. Francesco Canganella, Giovanna Bianconi, Chiaki Kato, Juan Gonzalez
    Pages 115-124
  7. Sergiu Fendrihan, Andrea Legat, Marion Pfaffenhuemer, Claudia Gruber, Gerhard Weidler, Friedrich Gerbl et al.
    Pages 125-140
  8. Serena Ruisi, Donatella Barreca, Laura Selbmann, Laura Zucconi, Silvano Onofri
    Pages 161-175
  9. Kai Bischof, Ivan Gómez, Markus Molis, Dieter Hanelt, Ulf Karsten, Ulrike Lüder et al.
    Pages 187-212
  10. C. Wiencke, M. N. Clayton, I. Gómez, K. Iken, U. H. Lüder, C. D. Amsler et al.
    Pages 213-244
  11. F. E. Wielgolaski, S. R. Karlsen
    Pages 251-263
  12. T.-N. Le, S. J. McQueen-Mason
    Pages 265-275
  13. Cristina Dobrota
    Pages 277-285
  14. Stéphane Hourdez, François H. Lallier
    Pages 297-313

About this book


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)


Archaea Biosensor ecology ecosystem evolution microbe physiology virus

Editors and affiliations

  • Ricardo Amils
    • 1
  • Cynan Ellis-Evans
    • 2
  • Helmut Hinghofer-Szalkay
    • 3
  1. 1.Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Centro de Biología Molecular del CSICMadridSpain
  2. 2.British Antarctic SurveyCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Institute of PhysiologyMedical UniversityGrazAustria

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