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Biotechnology of Extremophiles:

Advances and Challenges

  • Pabulo H Rampelotto

Part of the Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology book series (GCBB, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Gundlapally Sathyanarayana Reddy, Madhab Kumar Chattopadhyay, Sisinthy Shivaji
    Pages 47-81
  3. Margarita Kambourova, Nadja Radchenkova, Iva Tomova, Ivanka Bojadjieva
    Pages 117-139
  4. Anna P. Florentino, Jan Weijma, Alfons J. M. Stams, Irene Sánchez-Andrea
    Pages 141-175
  5. Ruiyong Zhang, Sören Bellenberg, Thomas R. Neu, Wolfgang Sand, Mario Vera
    Pages 177-213
  6. Archana Sharma, Deepak Parashar, Tulasi Satyanarayana
    Pages 215-241
  7. Gashaw Mamo, Bo Mattiasson
    Pages 243-272
  8. Julia Esclapez, Mónica Camacho, Carmen Pire, Vanesa Bautista, Anna Vegara, Laia Pedro-Roig et al.
    Pages 273-301
  9. Sung Ho Yun, Chi-Won Choi, Sang-Yeop Lee, Edmond Changkyun Park, Seung Il Kim
    Pages 303-319
  10. Freddy Boehmwald, Patricio Muñoz, Patricio Flores, Jenny M. Blamey
    Pages 321-350
  11. María de Lourdes Moreno, M. Carmen Márquez, María Teresa García, Encarnación Mellado
    Pages 375-397
  12. Aneta Białkowska, Ewa Gromek, Tomasz Florczak, Joanna Krysiak, Katarzyna Szulczewska, Marianna Turkiewicz
    Pages 399-444
  13. Hubert Cieśliński, Marta Wanarska, Anna Pawlak-Szukalska, Ewelina Krajewska, Monika Wicka, Józef Kur
    Pages 445-469
  14. Elena Porzio, Immacolata Del Giudice, Giuseppe Manco
    Pages 471-503
  15. Annarita Poli, Ilaria Finore, Annabella Tramice, Paola Di Donato, Barbara Nicolaus, Licia Lama
    Pages 539-579

About this book


Aimed at research scientists and biotechnologists, this book is an essential reading for those working with extremophiles and their potential biotechnological application. Here, we provide a comprehensive and reliable source of information on the recent advances and challenges in different aspects of the theme. Written in an accessible language, the book is also a recommended as reference text for anyone interested in this thriving field of research.

Over the last decades, the study of extremophiles has provided ground breaking discoveries that challenge our understanding of biochemistry and molecular biology. In the applied side, extremophiles and their enzymes have spawned a multibillion dollar biotechnology industry, with applications spanning biomedical, pharmaceutical, industrial, environmental, and agricultural sectors. Taq DNA polymerase (which was isolated from Thermus aquaticus from a geothermal spring in Yellowstone National Park) is the most well-known example of the potential biotechnological application of extremophiles and their biomolecules. Indeed, the application of extremophiles and their biologically active compounds has opened a new era in biotechnology. However, despite the latest advances, we are just in the beginning of exploring the biotechnological potentials of extremophiles.



Biochemistry Bioindustry Biotechnology Extremophiles Microbial Biotechnology Molecular Biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Pabulo H Rampelotto
    • 1
  1. 1.Federal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreSaint Barthélemy

About the editors

Pabulo Henrique Rampelotto is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Springer Book Series “Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology”. He is also Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, Senior Editor, Guest Editor and member of the editorial board of several scientific journals on the field of Life Sciences and Biotechnology. Over the last years, Pabulo Rampelotto has guest edited several special issues on extremophiles. In his special issues, some of the most distinguished team leaders in the field have published their work, ideas and findings. His research interests encompass different fields of science, from basic to applied research, including: biotechnology, metagenomics, next generation sequencing, molecular biology and biochemistry of microorganisms, extremophiles, and astrobiology.

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“The chapters are written very clear, with rather rich illustrations (56 b/w illustrations and 49 illustrations in colour) and very rich bibliography. In my opinion this book is essential for academics, biotechnologists, engineers, managers and students working/interested in this very promising field.” (Ioan I. Ardelean, Bulletin of Micro and Nanoelectrotechnologies, Vol. 8 (1-2), March, 2018)