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Extremophiles in Deep-Sea Environments

  • Koki Horikoshi
  • Kaoru Tsujii

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages II-XII
  2. Biodiversity in Deep-Sea Environments

  3. Adaptation and Response of Extremophiles Toward Extreme Deep-Sea Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Chiaki Kato
      Pages 91-111
    3. Juan M. González
      Pages 113-154
    4. Tetsuo Hamamoto
      Pages 155-174
    5. Akira Inoue
      Pages 175-210
  4. New Approaches and Future Scope for Deep-Sea Microbiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Fumiyoshi Abe, Chiaki Kato
      Pages 227-248
    3. Kaoru Tsujii
      Pages 285-292
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 293-316

About this book


Many organisms in deep-sea environments are extremophiles thriving in extreme conditions: high pressure, high or low temperature, or high concentrations of inorganic compounds. This book presents the microbiology of extremophiles living in the deep sea and describes the isolation, cultivation, and taxonomic identification of microorganisms retrieved from the Mariana Trench, the world's deepest point. Also explained are techniques for recovering pressure-loving bacteria, the barophiles (piezophiles), and for whole genome analysis of Bacillus halodurans C-125. Physiological analysis of the pressure effect in Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli is used to answer the question of how deep-sea organisms survive under high hydrostatic pressure. These research results are useful in both basic science and industrial applications. Readers discover a new microbial world in the ocean depths, with state-of-the-science information on extremophiles.


biology microbiology microorganism physiology taxonomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Koki Horikoshi
    • 1
  • Kaoru Tsujii
    • 2
  1. 1.The DEEPSTAR GroupJapan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC)Yokosuka,KanagawaJapan
  2. 2.The DEEPSTAR GroupJapan Marine Science and Technology Center (JAMSTEC)Yokosuka,KanagawaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Extremophiles in Deep-Sea Environments
  • Editors K. Horikoshi
    K. Tsujii
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Tokyo 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-4-431-70263-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-4-431-68008-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-4-431-67925-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Microbiology
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