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 existand 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.
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Table of ContentsTable of Contents
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
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
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