Symbiotic Interactions

Paperback | March 1, 1992

byA. E. Douglas

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No organism exists in isolation. Symbiosis describes some of the most intimate interactions that occur between organisms; those in which some species can overcome their own physiological limitations by exploiting the capacities of others. Symbiotic Interactions is a modern synthesis of our knowledge of symbiosis, from the molecular mechanisms underlying the establishment and function of symbioses to the ecological and evolutionary impact of such associations. The book takes the novel approach that symbiosis is a vehicle by whichmany organisms have gained access to complex metabolic capabilities, and this is illustrated by a variety of associations, including photosynthetic algae in corals, nitrogen-fixing bacteria in plant roots and cellulose-degrading microorganisms in herbivorous mammals. The traditional view ofsymbioses as mutually-beneficial associations is explicitly abandoned. This book brings together the scattered literature on symbiosis, providing an integrated introduction for undergraduate courses and up-to-date review for postgraduate students.

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No organism exists in isolation. Symbiosis describes some of the most intimate interactions that occur between organisms; those in which some species can overcome their own physiological limitations by exploiting the capacities of others. Symbiotic Interactions is a modern synthesis of our knowledge of symbiosis, from the molecular me...

A. E. Douglas is at University of York.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:156 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.37 inPublished:March 1, 1992Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

1. An introduction to symbiosis2. Symbiosis as a source of novel metabolic capabilities3. Novel structures in symbiosis4. Nutritional interactions in symbiosis5. How symbioses are formed6. Regulation of microbial symbionts7. The ecological impact of symbiosis8. Symbiosis and the eukaryotic cellIndex

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`The book covers a wide range of symbioses ... It looks at many different aspects ... I found it readable and ... accurate. The breadth helped to make it interesting ... It must be the sign of a good book that it leaves the reader intrigued and wanting to find out more.'Christopher Howe, University of Cambridge, TREE vol. 9, no. 12, December 1994