Genomics and Evolution of Microbial Eukaryotes

Paperback | April 29, 2008

EditorLaura A. Katz, Debashish Bhattacharya

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iGenomics and Evolution of Eukaryotic Microbes/i synthesizes the rapidly emerging fields of eukaryotic diversity and genome evolution. Eukaryotes, cells with nuclei, evolved as microbes and have existed on Earth for approximately two billion years. The tremendous diversity of eukaryoticmicrobes (protists) is often overlooked by those who study the macroscopic eukaryotic lineages: plants, animals, and fungi. Yet, eukaryotic microbes are of critical importance to ecosystems, human health, and our desire to understand biodiversity on Earth. By bringing together groundbreaking datafrom genome studies of diverse eukaryotic microbes, this book elucidates the many novelties among eukaryotic genomes and provides a single resource for otherwise widely dispersed information. Eukaryotic microorganisms impact both our health and our environment. These organisms include some of the deadliest known pathogens such as Plasmodium falciparum causative agent of malaria, and Entamoeba histolytica an agent of dysentery. Eukaryotic microbes also play a significant role inenvironments through their involvement in global biogeochemical cycles. Such roles are perhaps best exemplified by the, coccolithophores including the species Emiliania huxleyi, which can create 'blooms' in the oceans that are visible from outer space (i.e. as large as the state of Alaska). Despitethe great importance and breadth of eukaryotic microbes (the vast majority of major ukaryotic lineages are microbial, with plants, animals and fungi representing just three of an estimated 60-200 major lineages), our understanding of their diversity, and phylogeny is only now rapidly expanding, inpart bolstered by genomic studies.This book presents analyses and interpretations from experts in the field. Recent advances, particularly in DNA sequencing technologies, have made eukaryotic microbes more accessible through genome analyses. Unravelling the wealth of information on eukaryotic genomes will invariably revolutionizeour understanding of eukaryotes, including their physiology, systematics, and ecology.

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iGenomics and Evolution of Eukaryotic Microbes/i synthesizes the rapidly emerging fields of eukaryotic diversity and genome evolution. Eukaryotes, cells with nuclei, evolved as microbes and have existed on Earth for approximately two billion years. The tremendous diversity of eukaryoticmicrobes (protists) is often overlooked by those w...

Laura A Katz is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the Smith College, Northampton. Debashish Bhattacharya is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Iowa.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.55 inPublished:April 29, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Katz and Bhattacharya: Introduction1. Simpson and Patterson: Current perspectives on high-level groupings of protists2. Carlton: Comparative genomics of iPlasmodium/i species3. Hackett and Bhattacharya: The genomes of Dinoflagellates4. McGrath, Zufall, and Katz: Ciliate genome evolution5. Bowser, Habura and Pawlowski: Molecular evolution of Foraminifera6. Sommer, Gould, Kawach, Klemme, Voss, Maier and Zauner: Photosynthetic organelles and endosymbiosis7. Andersson: Genome evolution of anaerobic protists: metabolic adaptation via gene acquisition8. Huang and Kissinger: Horizontal and intracellular gene transfer in the Apicomplexa: The scope and functional consequences9. Bartholomeu, Hall, and Carlton: The nuts and bolts of sequencing protist genomes10. Stuart and Myler: Comparative genomics of the trypanosomatids11. Clark: The genome of Entamoeba histolytica12. Keeling: Genome reduction in Microsporidia13. Kawach, Sommer, Gould, Voss, Zauner and Maier: Nucleomorphs: remnant nuclear genomes14. Armbrust, Rynearson and Jenkins: Genomic insights into diatom evolution and metabolism15. Schaap: The iDictyostelium/i genome - a blueprint for a multicellular protist

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`Edited books rarely work well, but this is a delightful exception. The chapters are well written, informative (beautifully illustrated with micrographs) and follow a logical progression ... I wholeheartedly recommend this book. iReview of hardback edition/i'Mircobiology Today