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Handbook of Marine Model Organisms in Experimental Biology
Established and Emerging

ISBN 9780367444471
Published December 14, 2021 by CRC Press
485 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


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


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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.