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The Algae World

Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology Band 26

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Algae are an important group of organisms which are found in a wide range of habitats be it oceans, rivers, fresh water lakes, ponds or brackish water bodies, snow, barks of the trees, etc. Ranging from a small tiny cell to the Giant Kelp measuring up to several metres, this group of plants have some unique features which are not found in any other group of organisms. Algae have both Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic groups, large varieties of pigment systems, triphasic life cycle and a long evolutionary history. Algae have also changed the planet’s atmosphere by producing oxygen thus paving the way for evolution of life on earth. These tiny organisms not only give us oxygen to breathe, food to eat, medicines to heal and cosmetics to use but they also provide a lot of information about the origin of life. It has been predicted that not only vehicles will run on algal biofuels in the future but power plants will use algae for carbon dioxide sequestration. Despite its huge importance, algae remains a much neglected subject because of its stereotype boring class room table materials as “Pond Scum”. Globally, algae is already a multi-billion dollar industry employing large numbers of people in various industries and their value is set to increase in future. Therefore, the purpose of writing and editing this book is not to publish one more text book in the field of phycology but to give an alternative outlook and encouragement to our readers and students to understand, feel and unravel the beauty and use of this group of organisms in many different ways. The 22 chapters are divided into two different parts which have been authored by eminent researchers from across the world. The first part, Biology of Algae, contains 10 chapters dealing with the general characteristics, classification and description of different groups such as Blue Green Algae, Green Algae, Brown Algae, Red Algae, Diatoms, Xanthophyceae, Dinophyceae, etc. In addition, it has two important chapters covering Algae in Extreme Environments and Life Histories and Growth Forms in Green Algae. The second part, Applied Phycology, contains 12 chapters dealing with the more applied aspects ranging from Algal Biotechnology, Biofuel, Phycoremediation, Bioactive Compounds, Biofertilizer, Fatty Acids, Harmful Algal Blooms, Industrial Applications of Seaweeds, Nanotechnology, Phylogenomics and Algal culture Techniques, etc. This volume has been carefully written and edited with an interdisciplinary appeal and aims to bring all aspects of Algae together in one volume.

Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo is a full professor at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India. He obtained his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Delhi. He has been actively engaged in research and teaching in the field of Algae since 1983. His major research interests include Algal Biofuel and Carbon dioxide capture, Seaweeds Biology, their cultivation and utilization. He was the First Indian student to visit Antarctica during 1987-88 in the 7th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica and was part of the team which laid the Foundation for "MAITRI" India's permanent Scientific station in Antarctica. Subsequently he undertook two trips to Arctic during 1991 and 1992. He has visited all the seven continents and five oceans within a record time of 18 months during 1987-89. He was a visiting fellow at Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; INSA -JSPS visiting fellow at USA Marine Biology laboratory, Japan; visiting fellow at University of Connecticut, Stamford, USA and traveled extensively to many parts of the world. As the Convener, he organized an International Conference on Applied Phycology entitled "Algae in Biotechnology and Environment" in 2006, 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology in 2009 and International Algal Summit in 2012 at New Delhi, India. He has been a Member of the Working Group of Asian Network for using Algae as CO2
sink, Council member of Asia -Pacific Society for Applied Phycology and Secretary of Indian Phycological Society. Prof. Sahoo is recipient of several awards including Young Scientist Award.He received the highest award from National Environmental Science Academy, India in 2009 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Marine Science. He has been featured amongst India's twenty social entrepreneur in the best selling book "I have a Dream" which is now being translated into several Indian Languages He has published a number of research papers and books on algae and related fields.


Einband Taschenbuch
Herausgeber Dinabandhu Sahoo, Joseph Seckbach
Seitenzahl 598
Erscheinungsdatum 14.03.2019
Sprache Englisch
ISBN 978-94-024-1329-8
Verlag Springer Netherland
Maße (L/B/H) 23,5/15,6/2,6 cm
Gewicht 1242 g
Abbildungen 105 schwarzweisse Abbilmit 149 FarbabbildungenFarbabb.
Auflage Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2015

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  • Preface; Dinabandu Sahoo and Joseph Seckbach

    List of Authors and their addresses

    PART 1. Biology of Algae

    1. General characteristics of Algae; Dinbandhu Sahoo and Pooja Baweja

    2. Classification of Algae; Pooja Baweja and Dinbandhu Sahoo

    3. Cyanobacteria; Sunaina Zutshi, Tasneem Fatima and Dinbandhu Sahoo

    4. Green algae; Dinbandhu Sahoo and Mani Arora

    5. Growth forms and life histories in green algae; Mani Arora and Dinbandhu Sahoo

    6. Brown algae; Alok Arun, Priyanka Verma and Dinbandhu Sahoo

    7. Red algae; Arunjit Mayanglambam and  Dinbandhu Sahoo

    8. Diatoms: Yellow or Golden Brown Algae; Savindra Kumar, Pooja Baweja and Dinbandhu Sahoo

    9. Xanthophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Dinophyceae; Dinbandhu Sahoo and Savindra Kumar

    10. Survey Of Algae In Extreme Environments; Joseph Seckbach

    PART 2.  Applied Phycology

    11. Algal Biotechnology; Michael Armin Borowitzka

    12. Harmful Algal Blooms; Peimin He

    13. Phycoremediation; Siew-Moi Phang, Wan-Loy Chu And Reza Rabiei

    14. Bioactivity of secondary metabolites from Macroalgae; Nathalie Bourgougnon and Gilles Bedoux

    15. Marine algae: Gathered resource to global food industry; Jeff T. Hafting, M. Lynn Cornish, Amy Deveau and Alan T. Critchley

    16. Metalic Nanoparticle Synthesis by Cyanobacteria: Fundamentals and Applications; Ioan. I Ardelean

    17. Blue Green Algae: A Potential Biofertilizer For Rice; Sunil Pabbi

    18. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids From Algae; Girish Mishra

    19. Algae as a source of biofuel; Savindra Kumar, Dinbandhu Sahoo and Ira A Levine

    20. Phylogenomics in Algal Research: Current Trends and Future Perspectives; Cheong Xin Chan

    21. Advance Techniques in Algae; Mani Arora and Dinbandhu Sahoo

    22. Culturing Micro Algae; Salam Sonia Devi and Dinbandhu Sahoo