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Beneficial Microorganisms in Multicellular Life Forms

  • Eugene Rosenberg
  • Uri Gophna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Insect–Microbe Symbioses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Malka Halpern
      Pages 43-56
    3. Gil Sharon, Daniel Segal, Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 57-69
  3. Plant–Microbe Symbioses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 71-71
    2. Masayuki Sugawara, Michael J. Sadowsky
      Pages 73-88
    3. Yael Helman, Saul Burdman, Yaacov Okon
      Pages 89-103
    4. Dror Minz, Maya Ofek
      Pages 105-121
    5. Eddie Cytryn, Max Kolton
      Pages 123-136
  4. Coral–Microbe Symbioses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Kim B. Ritchie
      Pages 139-150
    3. L. Arotsker, E. Kramarsky-Winter, A. Kushmaro
      Pages 151-161
    4. Dalit Meron, Lena Hazanov, Maoz Fine, Ehud Banin
      Pages 163-173
  5. Microbes in Mammalian Health and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Shiri Freilich, Eytan Ruppin
      Pages 177-188
    3. Gilad Bachrach, Marina Faerman, Ofir Ginesin, Amir Eini, Asaf Sol, Shunit Coppenhagen-Glazer
      Pages 189-201

About this book


All animals and plants form associations with hundreds or thousands of different beneficial microorganisms. These symbiotic microbes play an important role in the development, adaptation, health and evolution of their hosts. This book brings together a group of diverse biologists to discuss microbial interactions with multicellular life forms including insects, corals, plants, and mammals, including humans. The various mechanisms by which microorganisms benefit their hosts are discussed, including providing essential nutrients, preventing disease, inducing the immune system, and combating stress.  Since the microbiota can be transferred from parent to offspring, it plays an important role in the origin and evolution of animal and plant species. This book should be of interest to the widest range of biological scientists, merging the studies of host and microbial physiology, symbiosis, and the ecology and evolution of symbiotic partners.


coral bacteria evolutionary symbioses gut microflora microbial interactions microbial symbioses

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 1
  • Uri Gophna
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. of Molecular Microbiology and BiotUniversity of Tel AvivRamat AvivIsrael
  2. 2., Dept. of Microbiology and BiotechnologyUniversity of Tel AvivRamat AvivIsrael

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