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Polar Microbiology

Life in a Deep Freeze

Publication Date:
December 29, 2011
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334 pages

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  • About the Book

    Book Summary

    Sheds new light on the microbial ecology and physiology of the Earth’s polar regions.

    Examines the microbial investigations during the International Polar Year of 2008 focusing on the Arctic and Antarctic, along with earlier investigations on critical environmental issues such as climate change, ozone depletion, and elemental cycling.

    • Offers a survey of what is known and unknown about the microbial inhabitants of polar environments, addresses the adaptations and physiology of cold-adapted microorganisms, and explores the ecological role that polar microbial communities play in biogeochemical cycling.
    • Presents the challenges that polar and subpolar microorganisms face and describes the lowest temperatures in which microbial life can exist—and the prospects for life on other planets.
    • Recommended for a general microbiology audience as well as for scientists and students in all areas of biology and geomicrobiology.



    This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.


      “This special volume is indeed an excellent summary of our present knowledge of polar microbiology. The extensive and comprehensive knowledge of polar microbiology provided by this book will help all scientists who are interested in the biology, ecology, physiology, and molecular biology of the polar environment but, further, could be useful also for the wider public. The volume is highly recommended to anyone concerned with these fields.”--The Quarterly Review of Biology
  • Contents

    Table of Contents Contributors Preface: An Exciting Era in Polar Microbiology I. MICROBIAL DIVERSITY IN POLAR ENVIRONMENTS 1. Bacterial Diversity in Polar Habitats Bronwyn M. Kirby, Samantha Easton, I. Marla Tuffin, and Don A. Cowan 2. Archaea Thomas D. Niederberger, Ian R. McDonald, and S. Craig Cary 3. Bacteriophages at the Poles Robert V. Miller 4. Fungi in Polar Environments Polona Zalar, Silva Sonjak, and Nina Gunde-Cimerman II. ADAPTATIONS AND PHYSIOLOGY OF COLD-ADAPTED MICROORGANISMS IN POLAR ENVIRONMENTS 5. General Characteristics of Cold-Adapted Microorganisms Shawn Doyle, Markus Dieser, Erik Broemsen, and Brent Christner 6. Genomic and Expression Analyses of Cold-Adapted Microorganisms Corien Bakermans, Peter W. Bergholz, Debora F. Rodrigues, Tatiana A. Vishnivetskaya, Héctor L. Ayala-del-Río, and James M. Tiedje 7. Metagenomic Analysis of Polar Ecosystems Etienne Yergeau and Charles W. Greer 8. Polar Microorganisms and Biotechnology Georges Feller and Rosa Margesin III. ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING OF POLAR MICROBIOLOGY COMMUNITIES 9. Microbial Carbon Cycling in Permafrost Tatiana A. Vishnivetskaya, Susanne Liebner, Roland Wilhelm, and Dirk Wagner 10. Polar Marine Microbiology Connie Lovejoy 11. Cryospheric Environments in Polar Regions (Glaciers and Ice Sheets, Sea Ice, and Ice Shelves) Mark Skidmore, Anne Jungblut, Matthew Urschel, and Karen Junge IV. CHALLENGES TO LIVING IN POLAR AND SUBPOLAR ENVIRONMENTS 12. Low-Temperature Limits of Microbial Growth and Metabolism P. Buford Price 13. Climate Change, Ozone Depletion, and Life at the Poles Helen A. Vrionis, Karen Warner, Lyle G. Whyte, and Robert V. Miller 14. Life in Ice on Other Worlds Christopher P. McKay, Nadia C. S. Mykytczuk, and Lyle G. Whyte Index