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Cold-adapted microorganisms.


Cold-adapted microorganisms.

Ed. by Isao Yumoto.

Caister Academic Press


229 pages




In this three part volume editor Yumoto of Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, presents a collection of essays by numerous researchers, primarily in the fields of biochemistry and environmental science. The book makes clear that cold environments are not a fringe part of the biosphere but indeed its main part when the ocean depths, arctic and subarctic regions, permafrost and permanent or semi-permanent ice are taken into account. Part I concerns biodiversity in cold environments. There are 4 chapters here; the first three cover bacteria in permafrost, artificial environments, and marine environments while the 4th is on the adaptations of fungi in the cryosphere. Part II goes into detail about the molecular mechanisms used by microorganisms to survive cold and freezing. Metabolism, special proteins for cold adaptation, catalysis and protein folding, and the heat shock response, each get a separate chapter in this section. Part III goes into further molecular details. There are three chapters here, one on psychrotolerant H2O2-tolerant bacteria and their catalases, one on resuscitation factors in microbes living in permafrost ice wedges, and a chapter on the lipids used by cold adapted microbes. There are three pages of color plates at the end but the rest of the figures are in b&w. Distributed in the US by ISBS.

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