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Halophiles: Biodiversity and Sustainable Exploitation

  • Focuses on exploitation of halophilic organisms for their multifarious role in fundamental and applied aspects
  • State of art of metabolites and products obtained from halophiles for use in diverse environments
  • This book will be the first of its kind, differently from existing publications which focus on taxonomy, phylogeny and adaptation
  • Written by eminent experts well versed with tools and application aspects in this subject area

Series: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Volume: 6

By: Dinesh K Maheshwari(Editor), Meenu Saraf(Editor)

500 pages, 13 colour & 17 b/w illustrations, 45 tables


Hardback | Mar 2015 | #221447 | ISBN-13: 9783319145945
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About this book

The world of halophiles is quite diverse and their representatives in three domains of life i.e. archaea, bacteria and eukarya. They are found all over the small subunit rRNA based tree of life and these micro-organisms are adapted to salt concentration up to saturation hence able to grow at >300 g/l Nacl concentration. Their metabolic diversity is high as well encompassing oxygenic and anoxygenic phototrophs, aerobic heterotrophs, denitrifiers, sulphate reducers, fermenters and methanogens. The proteins of halophiles are magnificently engineered to function in a milieu containing 2-5 M salt that encodes genes represent a valuable repository and resource for reconstruction and visualizing processes of habitat selection and adaptive evolution. Search for new enzymes endowed with novel activities and enhanced stability continues to be desirable purpose for important commercial production of biotechnological significance. These poly extremophiles proved excellent source of enzymes and metabolites possessing inherent ability to function in extreme conditions of high salt, alkaline pH and facilitating catalysis for industrial application in food processing, industrial bioconversion, bioremediation etc. In fact, it has just begun to realize the great potential and true extent of diversity and suitable applications if explored them judiciously.

Halophiles highlights current applications and research on halophiles to provide a timely overview. Chapters are written by expert authors from around the world and include topics of varied importance which include their role to play in enzyme production, restoration of soil fertility and plant growth , antimicrobial and biocatalytic potential, biomolecules in nanotechnology and aspects of quorum sensing. Halophiles is divided into three sections, dealing with biodiversity, biotechnology and sustainable exploitation of halophiles. This major new work represents a valuable source of information to all those scientists interested in microorganisms in general and extremophiles in particular with respect to their innovative products and applications.


1. Biodiversity of Halophilic and Halotolerant Actinobacteria - Wael N. Hozzein
2. Antimicrobial and Biocatalytic Potential of Haloalkaliphilic Actinobacteria - Satya P.Singh
3. Biotechnological Exploitation of Actinobacterial members - Javad Hamedi
4. Biosynthesis of Nanoparticles from Halophiles - Meenal Kowshik
5. Halophilic Microorganisms and their Biomolecules: Approaching into frame of bio(nano)technologies - Madalin Enache
6. Environmental diversity and Biological Survivability of Halophilic Bacteria - Narayanan Rajendran
7. Investigating the Quorum Sensing System in Halophilic Bacteria - Tommonaro Giuseppina
8. Site Specific Bioinoculants for Sustainable Agriculture in Coastal Saline Soil - Sudipta Tripathi
9. Application of Halotolerant Bacteria to Restore Plant Growth Under Salt Stress - Elhafid Nabti
10. Beneficial Usages of Halophilic Microorganisms - Muhsin Konuk
11. Halophilic Bacteria: Potentials and Applications in Biotechnology - Fatemeh Mohammadipanah
12. Microbial Hydrocarbon-Removal Under Halostress - Samir S-A. Radwan
13. Hydrolytic enzymes in halophilic bacteria, properties and biotechnological potential - Amoozegar, Mohammad Ali
14. Isolation and Screening of Halophilic Bacteria for Production of Hydrolytic Enzymes - Rodriguez-Herrera, R.
15. Perspectives and Application of Halophilic Enzymes - Meenu Saraf

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