Survival Strategies in Extreme Cold and Desiccation

Adaptation Mechanisms and Their Applications

  • Mari Iwaya-Inoue
  • Minoru Sakurai
  • Matsuo Uemura

Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 1081)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Adaptation Mechanisms for Cold

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Javier Barrero-Gil, Julio Salinas
      Pages 3-22
    3. Kentaro Nakaminami, Motoaki Seki
      Pages 23-44
    4. Yuuki Horii, Takahiko Shiina, Yasutake Shimizu
      Pages 45-60
    5. Daisuke Takahashi, Matsuo Uemura, Yukio Kawamura
      Pages 61-79
    6. Ellen Zuther, Yang Ping Lee, Alexander Erban, Joachim Kopka, Dirk K. Hincha
      Pages 81-98
    7. Masaya Ishikawa, Hideyuki Yamazaki, Tadashi Kishimoto, Hiroki Murakawa, Timothy Stait-Gardner, Kazuyuki Kuchitsu et al.
      Pages 99-115
    8. Keita Arakawa, Jun Kasuga, Naoki Takata
      Pages 129-147
    9. Kiyoshi Soyano, Yuji Mushirobira
      Pages 149-164
  3. Adaptation Mechanisms for Desiccation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Fuminori Takahashi, Takashi Kuromori, Hikaru Sato, Kazuo Shinozaki
      Pages 189-214
    3. Srinivas Agurla, Shashibhushan Gahir, Shintaro Munemasa, Yoshiyuki Murata, Agepati S. Raghavendra
      Pages 215-232
    4. Alexander Nesmelov, Richard Cornette, Oleg Gusev, Takahiro Kikawada
      Pages 259-270
  4. Application Technologies from Laboratory to Society

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. Seizo Fujikawa, Chikako Kuwabara, Jun Kasuga, Keita Arakawa
      Pages 289-320
    3. Robin Rajan, Kazuaki Matsumura
      Pages 339-354
    4. Daisuke Tanaka, Takao Niino, Matsuo Uemura
      Pages 355-369
    5. Kiyoshi Kawai, Tomoaki Hagiwara
      Pages 385-399
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 401-409

About this book


This book comprehensively describes biological phenomena, adaptation mechanisms, and strategies of living organisms to survive under extremely cold or desiccated conditions at molecular, cellular, and organ levels. It also provides tremendous potential for applications of the findings to a wide variety of industries.

The volume consists of three parts: Part 1, Adaptation Mechanisms of Cold, and Part 2, Adaptation Mechanisms of Desiccation, collect up-to-date research on mechanisms and strategies of living organisms such as sleeping chironomids, polar marine fishes, hibernating mammals, bryophytes, dormant seeds, and boreal plants to survive under extreme cold and desiccated conditions at molecular, cellular, and organ levels. Part 3, Application Technologies from Laboratory to Society, covers various applications to a wide variety of industries such as the medical, food, and agricultural and life science industries. For example, biological knowledge of how plants and animals survive under cold, drought, and desiccated conditions may provide a hint on how we can improve crop production in a very fragile environment in global climate change. Unique molecules that protect cells during desiccation and freezing such as trehalose and antifreeze protein (AFP) have potential for use to preserve cells, tissues, and organs for the long term under very stable conditions. In addition, the current progress of supercooling technology of cells may lead us to solve problems of cellular high sensitivity to freezing injury, which will dramatically improve the usability of these cells. Furthermore, knowledge of water substitution and glass formation as major mechanisms for formulation designs and new drying technologies will contribute to the development of food preservation and drug delivery systems under dry conditions. Written by contributors who have been conducting cutting-edge science in related fields, this title is recommended to a wide variety of readers who are interested in learning from such organisms their strategies, mechanisms, and applications, and it will inspire researchers in various disciplines.


Cryobiology Anhydrobiosis Freezing tolerance Desiccation tolerance Cold Acclimation Arabidopsis Ice nucleation Supercooling Insect Tardigrade Cryopreservation Stem cell Organ preservation Long-term cell/tissue preservation Extreme Conditions

Editors and affiliations

  • Mari Iwaya-Inoue
    • 1
  • Minoru Sakurai
    • 2
  • Matsuo Uemura
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of AgricultureKyushu UniversityFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Center for Biological Resources and InformaticsTokyo Institute of TechnologyYokohamaJapan
  3. 3.United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences and Department of Plant-biosciences, Faculty of AgricultureIwate UniversityMoriokaJapan

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