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Biotechnological Applications of Cold-Adapted Organisms

  • Rosa Margesin
  • Franz Schinner
  • How can industry profit from the biochemical tricks of cold-adapted organisms?


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Genetic Tools

    1. E. Remaut, C. Bliki, M. Iturriza-Gomara, K. Keymeulen
      Pages 1-16
  3. Enzyme Biotechnology

    1. S. Ohgiya, T. Hoshino, H. Okuyama, S. Tanaka, K. Ishizaki
      Pages 17-34
    2. T. B. Nielsen, M. Ishii, O. Kirk
      Pages 49-61
  4. Health Biotechnology

  5. Food Biotechnology

  6. Agricultural Biotechnology

  7. Environmental Biotechnology

  8. Bio-Mining

About this book


There is an increasing interest of biotechnologists in the potential of cold-adapted organisms, since they play a major role in the processes of nutrient turnover and primary biomass production in cold ecosystems. Essential advantages of the application of such organisms are the rapid microbial metabolism at low temperatures, the low activation energy for enzymatic substrate hydrolysis and the low thermostability of enzymes from cold-adapted organisms. Benefits can also be deduced from the frost hardiness and frost resistance of cold-adapted plants and animals.


Fermentation bacteria biotechnology development enzyme enzymes fungi microorganism nitrogen plant development protein proteins temperature virus yeast

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosa Margesin
    • 1
  • Franz Schinner
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of MicrobiologyUniversity of InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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