Extremophiles in Eurasian Ecosystems: Ecology, Diversity, and Applications

  • Dilfuza Egamberdieva
  • Nils-Kåre Birkeland
  • Hovik Panosyan
  • Wen-Jun Li

Part of the Microorganisms for Sustainability book series (MICRO, volume 8)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Arshia Amin, Iftikhar Ahmed, Nauman Khalid, Yao Zhang, Min Xiao, Wen-Jun Li
    Pages 1-28
  3. Manik Prabhu Narsing Rao, Lan Liu, Jian-Yu Jiao, Min Xiao, Wen-Jun Li
    Pages 29-55
  4. Wen-Dong Xian, Manik Prabhu Narsing Rao, En-Min Zhou, Lan Liu, Min Xiao, Wen-Jun Li
    Pages 57-79
  5. Hovik Panosyan, Armine Margaryan, Liana Poghosyan, Ani Saghatelyan, Ekaterine Gabashvili, Ekaterine Jaiani et al.
    Pages 81-117
  6. Armine Margaryan, Grigor Shahinyan, Pargev Hovhannisyan, Hovik Panosyan, Nils-Kåre Birkeland, Armen Trchounian
    Pages 119-166
  7. Nikoleta Boteva, Margarita Kambourova
    Pages 167-186
  8. Narine S. Vardanyan, Arevik K. Vardanyan
    Pages 187-218
  9. Atefeh Safarpour, Mohammad Ali Amoozegar, Antonio Ventosa
    Pages 265-298
  10. Dilfuza Egamberdieva, Kakhramon Davranov, Stephan Wirth
    Pages 317-332
  11. Osama Abdalla Abdelshafy Mohamad, Li Li, Jin-Biao Ma, Shaimaa Hatab, Bakhtiyor A. Rasulov, Zulpiya Musa et al.
    Pages 333-364
  12. Nimaichand Salam, Zi-Wen Yang, Mipeshwaree Devi Asem, Wael N. Hozzein, Wen-Jun Li
    Pages 365-387
  13. Annarita Poli, Paola Di Donato, Giuseppina Tommonaro, Gennaro Roberto Abbamondi, Ilaria Finore, Barbara Nicolaus
    Pages 405-433
  14. Shivanshi Vashist, Rohit Sharma
    Pages 435-451
  15. K. Tamreihao, Nimaichand Salam, Debananda S. Ningthoujam
    Pages 453-464

About this book


This book explores various aspects of thermophilic and halophilic microbes from Eurasian ecosystems, which have proved to offer a unique reservoir of genetic diversity and biological source of extremophiles. It also covers the biotechnological uses of extremophiles, and their potential use in agricultural and industrial applications. The topics addressed include but are not limited to: diversity and microbial ecology, microbe-environment interactions, adaptation and evolution, element cycling and biotechnological applications of thermophiles and halophiles in Eurasian ecosystems.


In order to review the progress made in biology and biotechnological applications of thermophiles and halophiles, the book combines review papers and results of original research from various specialists and authorities in the field. It includes several chapters describing the microbial diversity and ecology of geothermal springs distributed among the territory of various Eurasian countries, such as Armenia, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, India, Italy, Pakistan and Turkey. A dedicated chapter discusses selected aspects of thermophilic chemolithotrophic bacteria isolated from mining sites (sulfide ores); detailed descriptions of various thermophile microbes isolated from high-temperature environments and their biotechnological potential are also provided. Subsequent chapters describe the diversity and ecology of halophilic microbes harbored in saline and hypersaline lakes in Iran, Turkey and China; soil and plant microbiomes in saline arid lands of Uzbekistan; microbial diversity in Asian deserts; and the potential applications of thermophilic and halophilic microbes as exopolysaccharide (EPS) producers, focusing on the chemistry and applications of the EPS they produce.


We hope that this book will prove valuable as an up-to-date overview of the current state of research on Eurasian extremophiles in general and thermophiles and halophiles in particular. Many questions remain unanswered, and we hope that it will stimulate further studies in this intriguing and promising field.


Microbial Ecology Extremophiles Microbial Diversity Microbial Biotechnology Microbial metabolites Microbe-environment interactions Ecological Adaption Geomicrobiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Dilfuza Egamberdieva
    • 1
  • Nils-Kåre Birkeland
    • 2
  • Hovik Panosyan
    • 3
  • Wen-Jun Li
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of BiologyNational University of UzbekistanTashkentUzbekistan
  2. 2.Department of BiologyUniversity of BergenBergenNorway
  3. 3.Faculty of BiologyYerevan State UniversityYerevanArmenia
  4. 4.School of Life SciencesSun Yat-Sen UniversityGuangzhouChina

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