Anoxia: Evidence for Eukaryote Survival and Paleontological Strategies

November 30, 2013|
Anoxia: Evidence for Eukaryote Survival and Paleontological Strategies by Alexander Altenbach
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ANOXIA defines the lack of free molecular oxygen in an environment. In the presence of organic matter, anaerobic prokaryotes produce compounds such as free radicals, hydrogen sulfide, or methane that are typically toxic to aerobes. The concomitance of suppressed respiration and presence of toxic substances suggests these habitats are inhospitable to Eukaryota. Ecologists sometimes term such environments 'Death Zones'. This book presents, however, a collection of remarkable adaptations to anoxia, observed in Eukaryotes such as protists, animals, plants and fungi. Case studies provide evidence for controlled beneficial use of anoxia by, for example, modification of free radicals, use of alternative electron donors for anaerobic metabolic pathways, and employment of anaerobic symbionts. The complex, interwoven existence of oxic and anoxic conditions in space and time is also highlighted as is the idea that eukaryotic inhabitation of anoxic habitats was established early in Earth history.
Title:Anoxia: Evidence for Eukaryote Survival and Paleontological StrategiesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:648 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inShipping dimensions:648 pages, 9.25 X 6.1 X 0 inPublished:November 30, 2013Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:940073705X

ISBN - 13:9789400737051

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