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Adaption of Microbial Life to Environmental Extremes

Novel Research Results and Application

  • Helga Stan-Lotter
  • Sergiu Fendrihan


  • Updated and extended second edition

  • Bridges basic sciences and biotechnological applications

  • Presents life of microorganisms in several unusual extreme environments


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Helga Stan-Lotter
    Pages 1-21
  3. Francesca Mapelli, Alan Barozzi, Grégoire Michoud, Giuseppe Merlino, Elena Crotti, Sara Borin et al.
    Pages 23-40
  4. Gudmundur Oli Hreggvidsson, Solveig K. Petursdottir, Sigmar K. Stefansson, Snaedis H. Björnsdottir, Olafur H. Fridjonsson
    Pages 41-74
  5. Thierry Heulin, Gilles De Luca, Mohamed Barakat, Maxime Gommeaux, Arjan de Groot, Laurence Blanchard et al.
    Pages 75-98
  6. Daniela Billi, Mickael Baqué, Cyprien Verseux, Lynn Rothschild, Jean-Pierre de Vera
    Pages 133-146
  7. Sergiu Fendrihan, Teodor Gh Negoiţă
    Pages 147-199
  8. Madalin Enache, Gabriela Teodosiu, Takashi Itoh, Masahiro Kamekura, Helga Stan-Lotter
    Pages 201-226
  9. Salvador Mirete, Verónica Morgante, José Eduardo González-Pastor
    Pages 227-251
  10. Christine Moissl-Eichinger
    Pages 253-281
  11. Natuschka N. Lee, Jörg Fritz, Marc D. Fries, Jose F. Gil, Andreas Beck, Asta Pellinen-Wannberg et al.
    Pages 283-325
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 327-342

About this book


This entirely updated second edition provides an overview on the biology, ecology and biodiversity of extremophiles. Unusual and less explored ecosystems inhabited by extremophiles such as marine hypersaline deeps, extreme cold, desert sands, and man-made clean rooms for spacecraft assembly are presented. An additional focus is put on the role of these highly specialized microorganism in applied research fields, ranging from biotechnology and nanotechnology to astrobiology. Examples such as novel psychrophilic enzymes, compounds from halophiles, and detection strategies for potential extraterrestrial life forms are discussed in detail.

The book addresses researchers and advanced students in the fields of microbiology, microbial ecology and biotechnology.


extremophiles ecosystems halophiles microbial biotechnology astrobiology temperature stress

Editors and affiliations

  • Helga Stan-Lotter
    • 1
  • Sergiu Fendrihan
    • 2
  1. 1.FB Molekulare BiologieUniversität SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Bioresource Centre & Advanced Research AssociationBucharestRomania

About the editors

Prof. (em) Dr. Helga Stan-Lotter
Division of Molecular Biology
University of Salzburg, Austria

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sergiu Fendrihan
University Vasile Goldis Arad, Romania

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“This book is a revised and expanded edition of a collective work, first published in 2011 … . readers will experience a real taste of the topics being explored in the extremophile community. The excellent color photographs on glossy paper also help uninitiated readers gain a better sense of the field-based aspects of microbial habitability studies. This book is for libraries with holdings in astrobiology. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.” (P. K. Strother, Choice, Vol. 55 (1), September, 2017)