Editors: Masrure Alam, Bipransh Kumar Tiwary

Extremophiles: Diversity, Adaptation and Applications

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ISBN: 978-981-5080-36-0 (Print)
ISBN: 978-981-5080-35-3 (Online)
Year of Publication: 2022
DOI: 10.2174/97898150803531220101


Extremophiles: Diversity, Adaptation and Applications brings up-to-date knowledge about different types of extremophiles, the fascinating group of microorganisms that love to live in extreme environmental conditions. The book consists of fourteen chapters, of which, the first provides an overview of all the major types of extremophiles and the relationship with their respective extreme environments. The chapters following this introduction explain the diversity of prokaryotes based on environmental conditions, adaptation mechanisms, and industrial applications. The book concludes with a summary of the diverse biotechnological and industrial applications of extremophiles, emphasizing the importance of these microorganisms for human welfare.

The book is intended as a primary textbook reference that enriches the knowledge base of scholars in the field of microbiology and biotechnology. It can also serve as a secondary reference for anyone who is interested in research on extremophiles.

Key Features

- Covers all the major types of extremophiles, including hyperthermophiles, psychrophiles, halophiles, acidophiles, alkaliphiles, xerophiles, oligotrophs, chemolithotrophs, anaerobes and others.

- Provides a fundamental overview of the microbiology of extreme environments

- Supplements fundamentals with information about industrial and scientific applications

- Presents information in a simple structured format suitable for learners

- Includes references for further reading


Students, researchers and academics involved in microbiology and biotechnology study programs.


I am extremely happy to know that a book titled “Extremophiles: Diversity, Adaptations and Applications” edited by Dr. Masrure Alam, Assistant Professor and officiating Head, Department of Biological Sciences, Aliah University, Kolkata and Dr. Bipransh Kumar Tiwary, Assistant Professor and Head, Department of Microbiology, North Bengal St. Xavier’ College, Jalpaiguri is ready for academicians.

The present book covers the most relevant and promising research on “Extremophiles”. This is evident from the content of the book covering overview on Hyperthermophiles, Acidophilic microbes, Alkaliphiles, Xerophytes and various microorganisms including Radiation-Resistant Microorganisms. The book also deals with the diversity and the mechanism of adaptation of predominant bacterial chemolithotrophs in extreme habitats.

In the past also, the research on extremophiles enabled the scientists to understand the challenges in existing biochemistry and molecular biology and helped to know about the new product in the biotechnology industry.

The endeavor in editing the book by both is commendable. I am sure the book will enrich the knowledge of students and faculty of microbiology associated with these fields because this covers all major developments in research on extremophiles.

I would also like to thank all the authors for their dedicated effort in taking up such important fields of microbiology and describing the importance of extremophiles for industrial purposes.

I wish this effort a grand success.

Ramesh Kumar Pandey
Usha Martin University
Former Vice-Chancellor
Ranchi University
Jharkhand, India