Fungi in Extreme Environments: Ecological Role and Biotechnological Significance, 1st ed. 2019

Coordinators: Tiquia-Arashiro Sonia M., Grube Martin

Language: Anglais

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Over the last decades, scientists have been intrigued by the fascinating organisms that inhabit extreme environments.  These organisms, known as extremophiles, thrive in habitats which for other terrestrial life-forms are intolerably hostile or even lethal. Based on such technological advances, the study of extremophiles has provided, over the last few years, ground-breaking discoveries that challenge the paradigms of modern biology.  In the new bioeconomy, fungi in general,  play a very important role in addressing major global challenges, being instrumental for improved resource efficiency, making renewable substitutes for products from fossil resources, upgrading waste streams to valuable food and feed ingredients, counteracting life-style diseases and antibiotic resistance through strengthening the gut biota, making crop plants more robust to survive climate change conditions, and functioning as host organisms for production of new biological drugs. This range of new uses of fungi all stand on the shoulders of the efforts of mycologists over generations.


The book will be organized in five parts: (I) Biodiversity, Ecology, Genetics and Physiology of Extremophilic Fungi, (II) Biosynthesis of Novel Biomolecules and Extremozymes (III) Bioenergy and Biofuel synthesis, and (IV) Wastewater and biosolids treatment, and (V) Bioremediation.


I. Biodiversity, Ecology, Genetics and Physiology of Extremophilic Fungi

Chapter 1.

Biodiversity and ecology of extremophilic fungi in natural CO2 springs

Irena Maček


Chapter 2.

Eukaryotic life in extreme environments: acidophilic fungi

Angeles Aguilera and Elena González-Toril


Chapter 3.

Ecology of thermophilic fungi

Tássio Brito de Oliveira1 and Andre Rodrigues


Chapter 4.

New perspectives on the distribution and roles of thermophilic fungi

Miriam I. Hutchinson, Amy J. Powell, José Herrera and Donald O. Natvig


Chapter 5.

Ecology and biotechnology of thermophilic/thermotolerant fungi on crops under global warming

Robert Russell M. Paterson and Nelson Lima


Chapter 6.

Soil microfungi of Israeli deserts: adaptations to environmental stress

Isabella Grishkan


Chapter 7.

Extremotolerant fungi from lichens and rocks

Claudio Gennaro Ametrano, Lucia Muggia and Martin Grube


Chapter 8.

Antarctic basidiomycetous yeast

Masaharu Tsuji, Sakae Kudoh, and Tamotsu Hoshino


Chapter 9.

Adaptation mechanisms and applications of psychrophilic fungi

Muhammad Rafiq, Noor Hassan, Maliha Rehman, and Fariha Hasan


Chapter 10.

Melanin and resistance to ionizing radiation in fungi

Mackenzie E. Malo and Ekaterina Dadachova


Chapter 11.

Fungi in biofilms of highly acidic soils

Martina Hujslová and Milan Gryndler


Chapter 12.

Global Proteomics of Extremophile Fungi: Mission Accomplished?

Donatella Tesei, Katja Sterflinger and Gorji Marzban


II. Biotechnological Applications of Extremophilic Fungi

Chapter 13.

Yeast thriving in cold terrestrial habitats: Biodiversity and industrial/biotechnological applications

Marcelo Baeza, Oriana Flores, Jennifer Alcaíno, and Víctor Cifuentes


Chapter 14.

Pharmaceutical and biotechnological application of thermophilic fungi

Shyam Prasad Gurram


Chapter 15.

Biotechnological applications of halophilic fungi; past, present and future

Imran Ali, Samira Khaliq, Sumbal Sajid, and Ali Akbar


Chapter 16.

Biotechnological applications of xylanases from thermophilic fungi Sporotrichum thermophile

Ayesha Sadaf, Syeda Warisul Fatima and Sunil K. Khare


III. Biosynthesis of Novel Biomolecules and Extremozymes

Chapter 17.

Diversity and biotechnological applications of deep-sea fungi

Muhammad Zain Ul Arifeen, Ya-Rong Xue, and Chang-Hong Liu


Chapter 18

Bioactive compounds from marine extremophilic fungi

Lesley-Ann Giddings and David Newman


Chapter 19

Synthesis of Metallic Nanoparticles by Halotolerant Fungi

Sonia Tiquia-Arashiro


Chapter 20

Cellulases from thermophilic fungi: Recent Insights and Biotechnological Potential

Duo-Chuan Li and Anastassios C. Papageorgiou


Chapter 21.

β-Galactosidases from an acidophilic fungus, Teratosphaeria acidotherma AIU BGA-1

Kimiyasu Isobe and Miwa Yamada


Chapter 22.

Fungi from extreme environments: A potential source of laccases group of extremozymes

Om Prakash, Kapil Mahabare, Krishna Kumar Yadav, and Rohit Sharma


IV. Bioenergy and Biofuel synthesis

Chapter 23.

Lignocellulose Degrading Thermophilic Fungi and Their Prospects in Natural Rubber Extraction from Plants

Shomaila Sikandar, Imran Afzal, Naeem Ali, and Katrina Cornish


Chapter 24.

Thermophilic fungi and their enzymes for biorefineries

Abha Sharma, Anamika Sharma, Surender Singh, Ramesh Chander Kuhad and Lata Nain



V. Bioremediation and Biosolids Treatment

Chapter 25.

Acidomyces acidophilus:  Ecology, biochemical properties, and application to bioremediation

Wai Kit Chan, Dirk Wildeboer, Hemda Garelick and Diane Purchase


Chapter 26.

Bioremediation abilities of Antarctic fungi

María Martha Martorell, Lucas Adolfo Mauro Ruberto, Lucía Inés Figueroa de Castellanos, and Walter Patricio Mac Cormack


Chapter 27

Haloalkaliphilic fungi and their roles in the treatment of saline-alkali soil

Yi Wei and Shi-Hong Zhang


Chapter 28

Potential role of extremophilic fungus for extra-heavy crude oil bioconversion and the sustainable development of the petroleum industry

Leopoldo Naranjo-Briceño, Beatriz Pernia, Trigal Perdomo, Meralys González, Ysvic Inojosa, Ángela De Sisto, Hector Urbina, Vladimir León


Chapter 29

Thermophilic Fungi: Their Role in Composting and Industrial Processes

Sonia Tiquia-Arashiro

Sonia Tiquia-Arashiro is an Environmental Microbiologist and a Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research focuses on microbial ecology, physiology and diversity, especially regarding the nitrogen cycle and biodegradation of environmental pollutants and the biotechnological applications of microorganisms. She served as Director the Master of Science in Environmental Science Program from 2011 to 2017 and currently serves as Chair of Microbiology at UM-Dearborn. She is the regional editor of the journal Environmental Technology and leads a large research laboratory with many undergraduate scholars.

Martin Grube is a professor at the Institute of Biologie, Graz, Austria. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Graz in 1995 for his work on taxonomy of tropical lichens and lichen-inhabiting fungi. He pioneered molecular phylogenetics of lichens and also studied of algal selectivity in lichens symbioses. Later he focused on the diversity and roles of bacterial communities in lichen symbioses. His research interests also include diversity studies of rock-inhabiting extremotolerant fungi, biological soil crusts, plant-associated microbiomes, and slime molds.

Brings together the rapidly growing and often scattered information on fungal life in the whole range of extreme environments
Explores habitats, biodiversity, ecology, evolution, genetics, biochemistry, and biotechnological applications in a collection of exciting reviews and original articles
Comprehensive and reliable source of information on the recent advances and challenges of extremophilic fungal research, including possibilities for commercial use
Discusses experimental design problems associated with extremophiles and their biotechnological implications