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Life at the Limits : Organisms in Extreme Environments.

Author/Creator:
Wharton, David A.
Publication:
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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Subjects:
Zoology.
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Electronic books.
Summary:
A fascinating account of how organisms are able to live in, or survive, extreme conditions.
Contents:
Intro
Half-title
Title
Copyright
Dedication
Contents
Preface
1 Introduction: extreme life
WHAT IS EXTREME?
THE LIFE BOX
WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER?
EXTREME LANGUAGE
EXTENDING THE LIFE BOX
RESISTANCE AND CAPACITY ADAPTATIONS
SOME BASICS
Normal and extreme conditions
The necessities of life
The forms of life
Size matters
EXTREME BIOLOGY
2 Be it ever so humble ...
DESERTS
Living in the desert
Desert mammals
Other desert vertebrates
Desert invertebrates
Desert plants
Desert microorganisms
TEMPORARY DESERTS AND TEMPORARY WATERS
SALT LAKES AND SODA LAKES
THE ANTARCTIC
Antarctic terrestrial organisms
Antarctic marine organisms
THE ARCTIC
MOUNTAINS
THE BLEAK MIDWINTER
IN THE DEPTHS
The cold deep sea
Hot vents and cold seeps
The underworld
LIFE WITHIN LIFE
THE FEATURES OF EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
3 Life without water
LIFE RUNNING SHORT OF WATER
LIFE WITHOUT WATER
ANHYDROBIOTIC ORGANISMS
A LITTLE DRY HISTORY
THE ANHYDROBIOTIC STATE
Further defining anhydrobiosis
Anhydrobiosis and the nature of life
Anhydrobiosis and extreme survival
THE MECHANISMS OF ANHYDROBIOSIS IN ANIMALS
Controlling water loss
In the dry state
The role of trehalose
Is trehalose the answer?
Recovering from anhydrobiosis
THE MECHANISMS OF ANHYDROBIOSIS IN PLANTS
ANHYDROBIOSIS IN MICROORGANISMS
ANHYDROBIOSIS AND HUMANS
HAS THE PROBLEM OF ANHYDROBIOSIS BEEN SOLVED?
4 The hot club
TEMPERATURE AND LIFE
Central heating and solar heating
Dying from the heat
Keeping cool
Getting used to the heat
THE MEMBERS OF THE HOT CLUB
What's hot and what's not?
Hot club plants and animals
Hot club microbes
HOT AND LOVING IT
Thermostable molecules and membranes
Repair and protection mechanisms.
Hot properties
5 Cold Lazarus
COLD BIOLOGY
Living in the freezer
To freeze or not to freeze?
AVOIDING FREEZING
Freeze-avoiding insects
Freeze avoidance in other invertebrates
Polar fishes
TOLERATING FREEZING
Freezing-tolerant insects
Other freezing-tolerant invertebrates
Frigid frogs and cold turtles
COLD TOLERANCE IN PLANTS
MICROORGANISMS AND LOW TEMPERATURES
RESISTANCE AND CAPACITY ADAPTATION TO LOW TEMPERATURES
COOL APPLICATIONS
6 More tough choices
UNDER PRESSURE
Pressure effects
Deep-sea organisms
Adaptations to high pressure
SWEET AND SOUR
PASS THE SALT
THE BREATH OF LIFE
TOO MUCH SUN
THEY'RE TRYING TO POISON ME!
COMPOUNDING PROBLEMS
7 'It's life, Jim, but not as we know it!'
WHAT IS LIFE?
WHAT IS NEEDED FOR LIFE?
THE ORIGIN OF LIFE ON EARTH
LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE
Venus
Mars
Jupiter and its moons
Titan
Elsewhere in the universe
LIFE IN SPACE: INTERPLANETERY TRANSFER AND THE REVIVAL OF PANSPERMIA
8 An extreme biology
WHAT IS EXTREME, REVISITED
EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
EXTREME ORGANISMS
EXTREME PHYSIOLOGY
Problems with water
Problems with membranes
Problems with proteins
Problems with genes
A physiological definition of extreme?
EXTREME ECOLOGY
The characteristics of extreme environments
The distribution and dispersal of extreme organisms
Trade-offs by extreme organisms
EXTREME EVOLUTION
Frigid fish: a case study of evolution in an extreme environment
What is extreme: an evolutionary solution?
Is the deep sea extreme?
Pioneers and stragglers
THE CHALLANGE OF THE EXTREME
Bibliography
General
1-Introduction:extreme life
2-Be it ever so humble ...
3-Life without water
4-The hot club
5-Cold Lazarus
6-More tough choices.
7-'It's life, Jim, but not as we know it!'
8-An extreme biology
Glossary
Index.
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2021. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries.
Other format:
Print version: Wharton, David A. Life at the Limits
ISBN:
9780511156816
9780521782128
OCLC:
475914946