Thermophilic Microbes in Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology

Biotechnology of Thermophiles

  • Tulasi Satyanarayana
  • Jennifer Littlechild
  • Yutaka Kawarabayasi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Thermophiles in the Environment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Deepika Mehta, Tulasi Satyanarayana
      Pages 3-60
    3. Christopher D. Ogg, Mark D. Spanevello, Bharat K. C. Patel
      Pages 61-97
    4. Takahiro Yoshii, Toshiyuki Moriya, Tairo Oshima
      Pages 119-135
    5. Seema Rawat, Bhavdish Narain Johri
      Pages 137-169
    6. Pinaki Sar, Sufia K. Kazy, Dhiraj Paul, Angana Sarkar
      Pages 171-201
    7. T. Sokolova, A. Lebedinsky
      Pages 203-231
    8. Katsumi Doi, Yasuhiro Fujino
      Pages 233-247
    9. Takashi Itoh, Takao Iino
      Pages 249-270
    10. Kristine Uldahl, Xu Peng
      Pages 271-304
  3. Genomics, Metagenomics and Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Takaaki Sato, Haruyuki Atomi
      Pages 307-330
    3. Satoshi Akanuma, Shin-ichi Yokobori, Akihiko Yamagishi
      Pages 331-349
    4. Takahiro Inoue, Yoshihiko Sako
      Pages 351-373
    5. Muhamad Sahlan, Masafumi Yohda
      Pages 375-394
    6. Haruhiko Sakuraba, Toshihisa Ohshima
      Pages 395-412
    7. Sonoko Ishino, Yoshizumi Ishino
      Pages 429-457

About this book


The existence of life at high temperatures is quiet fascinating. At elevated temperatures, only microorganisms are capable of growth and survival. Many thermophilic microbial genera have been isolated from man-made (washing machines, factory effluents, waste streams and acid mine effluents) and natural (volcanic areas, geothermal areas, terrestrial hot springs, submarine hydrothermal vents, geothermally heated oil reserves and oil wells, sun-heated litter and soils/sediments) thermal habitats throughout the world. Both culture-dependent and culture-independent approaches have been employed for understanding the diversity of microbes in hot environments. Interest in their diversity, ecology, and physiology has increased enormously during the past few decades as indicated by the deliberations in international conferences on extremophiles and thermophiles held every alternate year and papers published in journals such as Extremophiles.

Thermophilic moulds and bacteria have been extensively studied in plant biomass bioconversion processes as sources of industrial enzymes and as gene donors. In the development of third generation biofuels such as bioethanol, thermophilic fungal and bacterial enzymes are of particular interest. The book is aimed at bringing together scattered up-to-date information on various aspects of thermophiles such as the diversity of thermophiles and viruses of thermophiles, their potential roles in pollution control and bioremediation, and composting.


Comparative genomics Diversity of thermophiles Metagenomics Thermophilic microbes Thermostable enzymes

Editors and affiliations

  • Tulasi Satyanarayana
    • 1
  • Jennifer Littlechild
    • 2
  • Yutaka Kawarabayasi
    • 3
  1. 1., Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of Delhi South CampusNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2., School of Chemistry and Biological ScienExeter UniversityExeterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3., Functional Genomics of ExtremophilesKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-5898-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-5899-5
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