1st Edition

Handbook of Marine Model Organisms in Experimental Biology Established and Emerging

Edited By Agnes Boutet, Bernd Schierwater Copyright 2022
    485 Pages 74 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    485 Pages 74 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The importance of molecular approaches for comparative biology and the rapid development of new molecular tools is unprecedented. The extraordinary molecular progress belies the need for understanding the development and basic biology of whole organisms. Vigorous international efforts to train the next-generation of experimental biologists must combine both levels – next generation molecular approaches and traditional organismal biology. This book provides cutting-edge chapters regarding the growing list of marine model organisms. Access to and practical advice on these model organisms have become a conditio sine qua non for a modern education of advanced undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs working on marine model systems. Model organisms are not only tools they are also bridges between fields – from behavior, development and physiology to functional genomics.

    Key Features

    • Offers deep insights into cutting-edge model system science
    • Provides in-depth overviews of all prominent marine model organisms
    • Illustrates challenging experimental approaches to model system research
    • Serves as a reference book also for next-generation functional genomics applications
    • Fills an urgent need for students

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    About the Editors

    List of Contributors

    1. Marine Bacterial Models for Experimental Biology

    Raphael Lami, Regis Grimaud, Sophie Sanchez-Brosseau, Christophe Six, Francois Thomas, Nyree J West, Fabien Joux and Laurent Urios

    2. Brown Algae: Ectocarpus and Saccharina as Experimental Models for Developmental Biology

    Ioannis Theodorou and Benedicte Charrier

    3. Unicellular Relatives of Animals

    Aleksandra Kożyczkowska, Inaki Ruiz-Trillo and Elena Casacuberta

    4. Porifera

    Maja Adamska

    5. The Homoscleromorph Sponge, Oscarella lobularis

    Emmanuelle Renard, Caroline Rocher, Alexander Ereskovsky and Carole Borchiellini

    6. Placozoa

    Bernd Schierwater and Hans-Jurgen Osigus

    7. Nematostella vectensis as a Model System

    Layla Al-Shaer, Jamie Havrilak and Michael J. Layden

    8. The Marine Jellyfish Model, Clytia hemisphaerica

    Sophie Peron, Evelyn Houliston and Lucas Leclere

    9. The Upside-Down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana as an Emerging Model System to Study

    Cnidarian–Algal Symbiosis

    Monica Medina, Victoria Sharp, Aki Ohdera, Anthony Bellantuono, Justin Dalrymple, Edgar Gamero-Mora, Bailey Steinworth, Dietrich K. Hofmann, Mark Q. Martindale, Andre C. Morandini, Matthew DeGennaro and William K. Fitt

    10. Acropora —The Most-Studied Coral Genus

    Eldon E. Ball, David C. Hayward, Tom C.L. Bridge and David J. Miller

    11. Stylophora pistillata —A Model Colonial Species in Basic and Applied Studies

    Dor Shefy and Baruch Rinkevich

    12. Symsagittifera roscoffensis as a Model in Biology

    Pedro Martinez, Volker Hartenstein, Brenda Gavilán, Simon G. Sprecher and Xavier Bailly

    13. The Annelid Platynereis dumerilii as an Experimental Model for Evo-Devo and Regeneration Studies

    Quentin Schenkelaars and Eve Gazave

    14. Cycliophora—An Emergent Model Organism for Life Cycle Studies

    Peter Funch

    15. Crustaceans

    Nicolas Rabet

    16. Parhyale hawaiensis, Crustacea

    John Rallis, Gentian Kapai and Anastasios Pavlopoulos

    17. Echinoderms

    Florian Pontheaux, Fernando Roch, Julia Morales and Patrick Cormier

    18. Echinoderms: Temnopleurus reevesii

    Shunsuke Yaguchi

    19. Cephalochordates

    Salvatore D’Aniello and Stéphanie Bertrand

    20. Solitary Ascidians

    Gabriel Krasovec, Kilian Biasuz, Lisa M. Thomann and Jean-Philippe Chambon

    21. Botryllus schlosseri —A Model Colonial Species in Basic and Applied Studies

    Oshrat Ben-Hamo and Baruch Rinkevich

    22. Cyclostomes (Lamprey and Hagfi sh)

    Fumiaki Sugahara

    23. Current Trends in Chondrichthyes Experimental Biology

    Yasmine Lund-Ricard and Agnès Boutet

    24. Anemonefishes

    Marleen Klann, Manon Mercader, Pauline Salis, Mathieu Reynaud, Natacha Roux, Vincent Laudet and Laurence Besseau



    Bernd Schierwater is a Director ITZ and Professor of Zoology, TiHo University Hannover, Germany. He received his Ph.D. (special honors degree’summa cum laude’) from Technical University Braunschweig (TUB), Germany in 1989. He was a Distinguished Sabbatical Scholar at NESCent, Duke University. He was awarded with Senior Ecologist of the Ecological Society of America (2009). His training in evolutionary and ecological genetics has arisen from running laboratories at Frankfurt University (Assistant Professor), Freiberg University (Associate Professor) and Hannover TiHo University (Full Professor) and from working as a Research Associate in different departments at Yale University and also at the AMNH New York (Rob DeSalle lab). He has developed the most primitive metazoan animals, the placozoans, into an emerging model system for next generation biodiversity and cancer research. Hans-Jürgen Osigus is at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, Institute of Animal Ecology.