Journey to Diverse Microbial Worlds

Adaptation to Exotic Environments

  • Editors
  • Joseph Seckbach

Part of the Cellular Origin and Life in Extreme Habitats book series (COLE, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. General Diversity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fred A. Rainey, Naomi Ward-Rainey
      Pages 29-42
    3. Vigdis Torsvik, Frida Lise Daae, Ruth Anne Sandaa, Lise Øvreås
      Pages 43-57
  3. Introduction to Extremophiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Michael T. Madigan
      Pages 61-72
    3. B. Ollivier, B. K. C. Patel, J.-L. Garcia
      Pages 73-90
  4. Thermophiles and Acidophiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Kenneth M. Noll, Susan E. Childers
      Pages 93-105
    3. Joseph Seckbach
      Pages 107-116
    4. R. L. Weiss Bizzoco, N. Banish, M. Lu, S. Saavedra
      Pages 117-128
  5. Psychrophiles and Barophiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. A. Aristides Yayanos
      Pages 161-174
  6. Alkaliphiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. B. E. Jones, W. D. Grant
      Pages 177-190
    3. G. A. Zavarzin, T. N. Zhilina
      Pages 191-208
    4. S. Boussiba, X. Wu, A. Zarka
      Pages 209-224
  7. Halophiles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 225-225
    2. Asya S. Buchalo, Eviatar Nevo, Solomon P. Wasser, Paul A. Volz
      Pages 239-252
  8. Symbioses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Burkhard Büdel
      Pages 255-266
  9. Bioluminescence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 267-267
    2. Margo Haygood, Scott Allen
      Pages 269-285
  10. Versatile Microbial Life on the Edge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 287-287
    2. David L. Valentine, David R. Boone
      Pages 289-302
    3. Eliora Z. Ron
      Pages 303-315
    4. Anna A. Gorbushina, Wolfgang E. Krumbein
      Pages 317-334
    5. Arieh Zaritsky, Conrad L. Woldringh, Robert H. Pritchard, Itzhak Fishov
      Pages 347-364
  11. Astrobiology and Microbial Candidates for Extraterrestrial Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 365-365
    2. Joseph Seckbach, Frances Westall, Julian Chela-Flores
      Pages 367-375
    3. Christopher P. McKay
      Pages 377-386
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 399-410

About this book


In this Journey to Microbial Worlds we present the diversity of microorganisms, from the state of fossil microbes in Archaean age rocks to the possibilities of extraterrestrial life. This volume discusses the extremophiles living in harsh environments (from our anthropocentric point) and describes them in considerable detail. Some chapters also review topics such as symbiosis, bacterial luminescence, methanogens, and petroleum-grown cells. The final chapters of this book shed new light on astrobiology and speculate on extremophiles as candidates for extraterrestrial life. All chapters are updated to the latest research level.


Archaea Ocean algae astrobiology biology extraterrestrial life extremophiles microbe microorganism

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-5850-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-4269-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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