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Modern Topics in the Phototrophic Prokaryotes

Environmental and Applied Aspects

  • Patrick C. Hallenbeck

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Phylogeny, Taxonomy, and Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Petr Dvořák, Dale A. Casamatta, Petr Hašler, Eva Jahodářová, Alyson R. Norwich, Aloisie Poulíčková
      Pages 3-46
    3. Michael T. Madigan, Nicole A. Vander Schaaf, W. Matthew Sattley
      Pages 139-161
    4. Vladimir Yurkov, Elizabeth Hughes
      Pages 193-214
  3. Environment and Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Patrick C. Hallenbeck
      Pages 217-242
    3. Jouko Rikkinen
      Pages 243-294
    4. Lucas J. Stal, Henk Bolhuis, Mariana Silvia Cretoiu
      Pages 295-318
  4. Bioremediation, Secondary Metabolites and Other Applied Aspects

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 319-319
    2. Rui Miao, Adam Wegelius, Claudia Durall, Feiyan Liang, Namita Khanna, Peter Lindblad
      Pages 351-393
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 481-492

About this book


This book offers authoritative contributions by world experts actively working on different aspects of phototrophic prokaryotes. Providing up-to-date information in this rapidly advancing field, it covers the range of topics that are currently the focus of research with this group of organisms. As essentially single-celled organisms, phototrophic prokaryotes process many environmental signals and use this information to optimize their metabolism, growth rate, DNA replication and cell division.

Phototrophic prokaryotes are collectively of great interest for a number of different fundamental and applied perspectives and have long served as models for understanding such basic fundamental biological processes as photosynthesis and respiration. On an ecological/environmental level they are extremely important, being the most abundant photosynthetic organisms on earth and responsible for the majority of the primary productivity in the oceans. They also hold great promise as biotechnological catalysts, being able to couple solar energy conversion through photosynthesis and carbon fixation to the production of biofuels, commodity chemicals and neutraceuticals.

The book is recommended to advanced students and scientists dealing with life sciences, especially in genetics, microbiology and molecular biology.


bacteria bioenergetics biotechnology genomics photosynthesis systems biology

Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick C. Hallenbeck
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Biology Life Sciences Research CenterUnited States Air Force AcademyColorado SpringsUSA

About the editors

Patrick C. Hallenbeck has a BSc in Physics and a PhD in Biophysics. He is a Full Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology,Faculty of Medicine, Université de Montréal. Dr. Hallenbeck’s research focuses on microbial physiology, applied microbiology, biotechnology,biological energy production, anaerobic metabolism, nitrogen fixation,molecular genetics, and protein chemistry. 

Dr. Hallenbeck has conducted numerous projects in both fundamental and applied research, and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate level. He is currently President of the Biohydrogen Division of the International Hydrogen Energy Association,and on the editorial boards of "Bioresource Technology","Frontiers in Microbiology" and "Marine Biotechnology". He is the editor of “Recent Advances in Phototrophic Prokaryotes” based on the proceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Phototrophic Prokaryotes and published by Springer

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