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The Diatom World

Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Volume: 19

Edited By: Joseph Seckbach and Patrick Kociolek

534 pages, colour & b/w photos, b/w line drawings, tables

Springer-Verlag

Hardback | Jul 2011 | #190088 | ISBN-13: 9789400713260
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NHBS Price: £178.00 $224/€211 approx

About this book

Diatoms are fascinating algae, whose relevance today is greater than perhaps ever before. They are important players in a wide range of ecosystems – freshwater, brackish and marine –  and are being investigated as a source of renewable biofuels.

Because the literature on diatoms is published in a diverse set of journals under many different disciplines, it is hard for people to track down the diverse array of cutting edge research results on the group. This volume brings together many of the experts in the world of diatom research, who summarize important topics on diatom classification, biology, genomics research, and a broad spectrum of ecological studies, and present new data in these areas. The topics address age-old questions, and explore new and emerging areas of research.


Contents

Foreword
Opening
Collecting, Cleaning, Mounting and Photographing Diatoms

PART 1: TAXONOMY, SYSTEMATICS AND PHYLOGENY
- Morphology: Cell Wall, Cytology, Ultrastructural And Morphogenetic Studies
- An Overview Of Diatom Classification With Some Prospects For The Future
- A Review of the Evolution of The Diatoms From the Origin of the Lineage to Their Populations
- Status of the Pursuit of the Diatom Phylogeny: Are Traditional Views and New Molecular Paradigms Really that Different?

PART 2: DIATOM BIOLOGY
- Size and Sex
- Classical Breeding in Diatoms: Scientific Background And Practical Perspectives
- Epizoic And Epiphytic Diatoms
- Diatom Viruses
- Diatom Biofilms
- Possible Buckling Phenomena In Diatom Morphogenisis
- Diatom Frustules: Physical, Optical, and Biotechnological Applications

PART 3: FRESHWATER ECOLOGY
- Importance of Scale in Understanding the Natural History Of Diatom Communities
- Patterns of Diatom Distribution In Relation to Salinity
- Diatoms From Hot Springs From Kuril And Sakhalin Islands (Far East, Russia)
- Living On the pH Edge: Diatom Assemblages of Low pH Lakes In Western Pomerania (NW Poland)
- The Diatom Algae of Lake Kinneret, Israel
- Rheophile Apennine Diatoms and Their Use as Bioindicators Of Water Quality

PART 4: MARINE ECOLOGY
- Ecophysiological Performance of Benthic Diatoms from Arctic Waters
- Diatoms as Endosymbionts
- Marine Planktonic Diatoms, Including Potentially Toxic Species
- Toxic Diatom Pseudo-Nitzschia And Its Primary Consumers (Vectors)

PART 5: SUMMARY
- Summary


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