Ultrastructural Plasticity of Cyanobacteria

  • Olga I. Baulina

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Introduction

This book offers an in-depth analysis of the cell biology of cyanobacteria, a group of phototrophic microorganisms performing an important function in the biosphere. The chapters present the author’s and her colleagues’ pioneering investigations of the ultrastructure of cyanobacteria under high-light and dark conditions, during irradiation by extremely high fluxes of light, in the course of L-transformation and within model associations and natural symbioses with plants. Diverse patterns of ultrastructural change are illustrated in electron micrographs and schematics. The book further introduces a new concept of “bacterial ultrastructural plasticity” - the reversible rearrangement of ultrastructure in response to environmental changes, as a strategy for finding and investigating cell adaptation mechanisms and intraspecies structural diversity of cyanobacteria and other prokaryotes. It serves as a valuable guide for teaching and research in the field of cell biology of microorganisms and plant-cyanobacteria symbioses.

Keywords

adaptation cyanobacteria plasticity symbioses with plants ultrastructure

Authors and affiliations

  • Olga I. Baulina
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of BioengineeringM.V. Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityMoscow GSP-1Russia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-32781-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-32780-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-32781-0
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