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Prokaryotic Diversity
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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.

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Contents

  • The genetics of phenotypic innovation
    pp 91-104
    • By Hubertus J. E. Beaumont, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand, Stefanie M. Gehrig, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB, UK, Rees Kassen, Department of Biology and Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics, University of Ottawa, 150 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada, Christopher G. Knight, School of Chemistry, University of Manchester, Faraday Building, Box 88, Sackville St, Manchester M60 1QD, UK, Jacob Malone, Division of Molecular Microbiology, Biozentrum, University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 70, CH-4056 Basel, Switzerland, Andrew J. Spiers, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB, UK, Paul B. Rainey, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland, New Zealand; Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RB, UK
  • Minimal genomes required for life
    pp 105-122
    • By Rosario Gil, Insituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de València, Apartado Postal 22085, 46071 València, Spain, Vicente Pérez-Brocal, Insituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de València, Apartado Postal 22085, 46071 València, Spain, Amparo Latorre, Insituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de València, Apartado Postal 22085, 46071 València, Spain, Andrés Moya, Insituto Cavanilles de Biodiversidad y Biología Evolutiva, Universitat de València, Apartado Postal 22085, 46071 València, Spain

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