Extremophiles and Extreme Environments by Pabulo H. RampelottoExtremophiles and Extreme Environments by Pabulo H. Rampelotto

Extremophiles and Extreme Environments

Guest editorPabulo H. Rampelotto

Hardcover | March 28, 2016

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Over the last decades, the study of extremophiles has providing ground breaking discoveries that challenge the paradigms of modern biology and make us rethink intriguing questions such as “what is life?”, “what are the limits of life?”, and “what are the fundamental features of life?”. The mechanisms by which different microorganisms adapt to extreme environments provide a unique perspective on the fundamental characteristics of biological processes present in most species. Extremophiles are also critical for evolutionary studies related to the origins of life, since they form a cluster on the base of the tree of life.  Furthermore, the application of extremophiles in industrial processes has opened a new era in biotechnology. The study of extreme environments has become a key area of research for astrobiology. Extremophiles may help us understand what form life takes on other planetary bodies in our own solar system and beyond. These findings and possibilities have made the study of life in extreme environments one of the most exciting areas of research in recent decades. However, despite the latest advances we are just in the beginning of exploring and characterizing the world of extremophiles. This special issue covers all aspects of life in extreme environments. 

Title:Extremophiles and Extreme EnvironmentsFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:438 pages, 9.61 × 6.69 × 1.31 inShipping dimensions:9.61 × 6.69 × 1.31 inPublished:March 28, 2016Publisher:MDPI AGLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3038421774

ISBN - 13:9783038421771


Table of Contents

Extremophiles and Extreme EnvironmentsA Laboratory of Extremophiles: Iceland Coordination Action for Research Activities on Life in Extreme Environments (CAREX) Field CampaignMolecular Mechanisms of Survival Strategies in Extreme ConditionsQuorum Sensing in Extreme EnvironmentsMicroorganism Response to Stressed Terrestrial Environments: A Raman Spectroscopic Perspective of Extremophilic Life StrategiesSurvival of the Fittest: Overcoming Oxidative Stress at the Extremes of Acid, Heat and MetalMagnetotactic Bacteria from Extreme EnvironmentsPredator Avoidance in Extremophile FishAnaerobic ThermophilesHot Spring MetagenomicsEukaryotic Organisms in Extreme Acidic Environments, the Río Tinto CaseEvolution of Microbial "Streamer" Growths in an Acidic, Metal-Contaminated Stream Draining an Abandoned Underground Copper MineQuorum Sensing in Some Representative Species of HalomonadaceaeHeterotrophic Protists in Hypersaline Microbial Mats and Deep Hypersaline Basin Water ColumnsProperties of Halococcus salifodinae, an Isolate from Permian Rock Salt Deposits, Compared with Halococci from Surface WatersMolecular Mechanisms of Adaptation of the Moderately Halophilic Bacterium Halobacillis halophilus to Its EnvironmentSurface Appendages of Archaea: Structure, Function, Genetics and AssemblyA Survey of Protein Structures from Archaeal VirusesDomain Structures and Inter-Domain Interactions Defining the Holoenzyme Architecture of Archaeal D-Family DNA PolymeraseThe Function of Gas Vesicles in Halophilic Archaea and Bacteria: Theories and Experimental EvidencePivotal Enzyme in Glutamate Metabolism of Poly-g-Glutamate-Producing MicrobesHalophilic Bacteria as a Source of Novel Hydrolytic EnzymesPeriplasmic Binding Proteins in Thermophiles: Characterization and Potential Application of an Arginine-Binding Protein from Thermotoga maritima: A Brief Thermo-StoryBiohydrogen Production by the Thermophilic Bacterium Caldicellulosiruptor saccharolyticus: Current Status and Perspectives