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True Psychrophiles and Part Time Psychrophiles in the Antarctic

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Bowman, JP, True Psychrophiles and Part Time Psychrophiles in the Antarctic, Scientific and Geopolitical Interests in Arctic and Antarctic, Learning in Geography, Humanities, Technology and Science, R Ramesh, M Sudhakar and S Chattopadhyay (ed), New Delhi, India, pp. 223-242. ISBN 9789350679081 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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Abstract

Given that Polar environments still represent a 'frontier' to many, there is an inclination to still explore these ecosystems not for the broader interests in ecological knowledge but rather for more immediate concerns. The desire to harness biological diversity as a resource is well known and a highly vigorous endeavour driven by the continuous demand for new resources and innovations beckon new directions and opportunities. For example it is abundantly clear we need new or improved pharmaceuticals for dealing with infectious disease as well as other pervasive medical conditions, such as cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Since biodiscovery is inherently empirical, scattershot approaches are often too hopeful and unfocused for anything substantial to be gained. However, with greater knowledge on how microbes function and their genetic contents, value can be gained and in addition gain a greater appreciation of associated environmental services as well as metabolic capacities and idiosyncrasies. Thus bioprospecting for novel pharmaceutical activity, cold active enzymes, and unusual and/or new biological products should take an intelligent directed as well as in-depth approach in order to realise value and understanding. To achieve this we need knowledge about microorganisms at a functional, mechanistic and genetic level and not just taxonomic and phylogenetic.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:polar biodiversity, biodiscovery, psychrophiles, bioactive compounds, polar microbes
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Microbial Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Bowman, JP (Associate Professor John Bowman)
ID Code:84540
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-05-17
Last Modified:2014-08-22
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