Magnetoreception and Magnetosomes in Bacteria

  • Editors
  • Dirk Schüler

Part of the Microbiology Monographs book series (MICROMONO, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Richard B. Frankel, Timothy J. Williams, Dennis A. Bazylinski
    Pages 1-24
  3. Rudolf Amann, Jörg Peplies, Dirk Schüler
    Pages 25-36
  4. Dennis A. Bazylinski, Timothy J. Williams
    Pages 37-75
  5. Sheri L. Simmons, Katrina J. Edwards
    Pages 77-102
  6. Carolina N. Keim, Juliana Lopes Martins, Henrique Lins de Barros, Ulysses Lins, Marcos Farina
    Pages 103-132
  7. Christian Jogler, Dirk Schüler
    Pages 133-161
  8. Arash Komeili
    Pages 163-174
  9. Michael Winklhofer, Nikolai Petersen
    Pages 255-273
  10. Victoria S. Coker, Richard A. D. Pattrick, Gerrit van der Laan, Jonathan R. Lloyd
    Pages 275-300
  11. Michael Winklhofer
    Pages 301-314
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 315-319

About this book


Magnetoreception or magnetotaxis in bacteria was discovered only some 30 years ago. All magnetotactic bacteria, which occur in many environments and display a remarkable diversity, synthesize magnetosomes, complex intracellular organelles that contain magnetic iron crystals.

Recent developments in the research on magnetotactic bacteria are presented in this volume. Included are reviews on the formation and organization of magnetosomes, the genes controlling magnetosome biomineralization, and new cryogenic techniques to visualize novel cytoskeleton structures. Described here are potential nanobiotechnological applications of the magnetosome crystals, which have magnetic and crystalline characteristics unmatched by their inorganic counterparts. Related topics such as the impact of biogenic magnetic crystals in geobiology and paleomagnetism also are discussed. The aim of the book is to provide a broad survey of this multidisciplinary field and to inspire future research on these fascinating organisms.


Astrobiology Biogen Biomineralization Iron crystals Magnetotaxis Organelle Paleomagnetism bacteria electron microscopy genes prokaryotes

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