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Prokaryotic Diversity

Prokaryotic Diversity
Mechanisms and Significance

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R. R. Colwell, M. C. Horner-Devine, J. Green, B. J. M. Bohannan, E. V. Koonin, K. S. Maskarova, N. V. Grishin, Y. I. Wolf, H. J. Flint, H. J. E. Beaumont, S. M. Gehrig, R. Kassen, C. G. Knight, J. Malone, A. J. Spiers, P. B. Rainey, R. Gil, V. Pérez-Brocal, A. Latorre, A. Moya, V. Daubin, E. Lerat, K. M. Stedman, A. Clore, Y. Combet-Blanc, L. A. Campbell, C.-C. Kuo, W. G. Wade, R. W. Titball, M. Duffield, J. Klockgether, O. N. Reva, B. Tümmler, A. Morningstar, W. H. Gaze, S. Tolba, E. M. H. Wellington, A. Ventosa, S. Lacour, M. Gaillard, J. R. van der Meer, A. M. Osborn
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  • Date Published: May 2006
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521869355

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  • The true extent of prokaryote diversity, encompassing the spectrum of variability among bacteria, remains unknown. Current research efforts focus on understanding why prokaryote diversification occurs, its underlying mechanisms, and its likely impact. The dynamic nature of the prokaryotic world, and continuing advances in the technological tools available make this an important area and hence this book will appeal to a wide variety of microbiologists. Its coverage ranges from studies of prokaryotes in specialized environmental niches to broad examinations of prokaryote evolution and diversity, and the mechanisms underlying them. Topics include: bacteria of the gastrointestinal tract, unculturable organisms in the mouth and in the soil, organisms from extreme environments, the diversity of archaea and their phages, comparative genomics and the emergence of pathogens, the spread of genomic islands between clinical and environmental organisms, minimal genomes needed for life, horizontal gene transfer, phenotypic innovation, and patterns and extent of biodiversity.

    • This volume presents current research across the broad area of prokaryotic diversity, with relevance from environmental microbiology through to infectious disease medicine
    • Describes the underlying mechanisms of the diversification process as well as the tools now available for studying these mechanisms and the diversity itself
    • Covers many 'hot' topics in microbiology such as the possible link between chlamydia and heart disease, extremophiles, comparative genomics and the study of unculturable organisms
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    • Date Published: May 2006
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521869355
    • length: 314 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.64kg
    • contains: 41 b/w illus. 17 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Editors' Preface
    1. Microbial diversity in the era of genomics R. R. Colwell
    2. Patterns in prokaryotic biodiversity M. C. Horner-Devine, J. Green and B. J. M. Bohannan
    3. A putative RNA-interference-based immune system in prokaryotes: the epitome of prokaryotic genomic diversity E. V. Koonin, K. S. Maskarova, N. V. Grishin and Y. I. Wolf
    4. The significance of prokaryote diversity in the human gastointestinal tract H. J. Flint
    5. The genetics of phenoytpic innoation H. J. E. Beaumont, S. M. Gehrig, R. Kassen, C. G. Knight, J. Malone, A. J. Spiers and P. B. Rainey
    6. Minimal genomes required for life R. Gil, V. Pérez-Brocal, A. Latorre and A. Moya
    7. Evolution of the core of genes V. Daubin and E. Lerat
    8. Biogeographical diversity of archael viruses K. M. Stedman, A. Clore and Y. Combet-Blanc
    9. Is there a link between Chlamydia and heart disease? L. A. Campbell and C.-C. Kuo
    10. Unculturable oral bacteria W. G. Wade
    11. Comparative genomics - what do such studies tell us about the emergence and spread of key pathogens? R. W. Titball and M. Duffield
    12. Spread of genomic islands between clinical and environmental strains J. Klockgether, O. N. Reva and B. Tümmler
    13. Evolving gene clusters in soil bacteria A. Morningstar, W. H. Gaze, S. Tolba and E. M. H. Wellington
    14. Unusual micro-organisms from unusual habitats: hypersaline environments A. Ventosa
    15. Genomic islands and evolution of catabolic pathways S. Lacour, M. Gaillard and J. R. van der Meer
    16. Horizontal gene transfer and its role in the emergence of new phenotypes A. M. Osborn.

  • Editors

    N. A. Logan, Glasgow Caledonian University
    Niall A. Logan is Professor of Systematic Bacteriology in the School of Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK.

    H. M. Lappin-Scott, University of Exeter
    Hilary M. Lappin-Scott is Professor of Environmental Microbiology in the School of Biosciences, University of Exeter, UK.

    P. C. F Oyston, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Porton Down
    Petra C.F. Oyston is Team Leader in Molecular Bacteriology at Porton Down, Salisbury, UK.

    Contributors

    R. R. Colwell, M. C. Horner-Devine, J. Green, B. J. M. Bohannan, E. V. Koonin, K. S. Maskarova, N. V. Grishin, Y. I. Wolf, H. J. Flint, H. J. E. Beaumont, S. M. Gehrig, R. Kassen, C. G. Knight, J. Malone, A. J. Spiers, P. B. Rainey, R. Gil, V. Pérez-Brocal, A. Latorre, A. Moya, V. Daubin, E. Lerat, K. M. Stedman, A. Clore, Y. Combet-Blanc, L. A. Campbell, C.-C. Kuo, W. G. Wade, R. W. Titball, M. Duffield, J. Klockgether, O. N. Reva, B. Tümmler, A. Morningstar, W. H. Gaze, S. Tolba, E. M. H. Wellington, A. Ventosa, S. Lacour, M. Gaillard, J. R. van der Meer, A. M. Osborn

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