1st Edition

Handbook of Marine Model Organisms in Experimental Biology
Established and Emerging

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ISBN 9780367444471
November 16, 2021 Forthcoming by CRC Press
464 Pages 74 Color & 62 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1  Marine bacterial models for experimental biology

Raphaël Lami, Régis Grimaud, Sophie Sanchez-Brosseau, Christophe Six, François Thomas, Nyree J West, Fabien Joux and Laurent Urios


Chapter 2 Brown algae: Ectocarpus and Saccharina as experimental models for developmental biology

Ioannis Theodorou and Bénédicte Charrier


Chapter 3  Unicellular relatives of animals

Aleksandra Kożyczkowska, Iñaki Ruiz-Trillo and Elena Casacuberta 


Chapter 4  Porifera

Maja Adamska


Chapter 5  The homoscleromorph sponge, Oscarella lobularis

Renard Emmanuelle, Rocher Caroline and Ereskovsky Alexander, Borchiellini Carole


Chapter 6  Placozoa

Bernd Schierwater and Hans-Jürgen Osigus


Chapter 7  Nematostella vectensis as a model system

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


Chapter 8  The marine jellyfish model Clytia hemisphaerica.

Sophie Peron, Evelyn Houliston and Lucas Leclère


Chapter 9 The Upside-down Jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana as an emerging model system to study cnidarian-algal symbiosis

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


Chapter 10  Acropora-the most-studied coral genus

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


Chapter 11 Stylophora pistillata - a model colonial species in basic and applied studies

Dor Shefy and Buki Rinkevich


Chapter 12  Symsagittifera roscoffensis as a model in biology

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


Chapter 13  Annelids, Platynereis dumerilii

Quentin Schenkelaars and Eve Gazave


Chapter 14  Cycliophora - an emergent model organism for life cycle studies

Peter Funch


Chapter 15  Crustaceans

Nicolas Rabet


Chapter 16  Parhyale hawaiensis, Crustacea

John Rallis, Gentian Kapai and Anastasios Pavlopoulos


Chapter 17  Echinoderms

Florian Ponteaux, Fernando Roch, Julia Morales and Patrick Cormier


Chapter 18  Echinoderms: Temnopleurus reevesii

Shunsuke Yaguchi


Chapter 19  Cephalochordates

Salvatore D’Aniello and Stéphanie Bertrand


Chapter 20  Solitary ascidians

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


Chapter 21 Botryllus schlosseri – a model colonial species in basic and applied studies

Oshrat Ben-Hamo and Baruch Rinkevich


Chapter 22  Cyclostomes (Lamprey and Hagfish)

Fumiaki Sugahara


Chapter 23  Current trends in Chondrichthyes experimental biology

Yasmine Lund-Ricard and Agnès Boutet


Chapter 24  Anemonefishes

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

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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.