Organelles, Genomes and Eukaryote Phylogeny: An Evolutionary Synthesis in the Age of Genomics, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Organelles, Genomes and Eukaryote Phylogeny

An Evolutionary Synthesis in the Age of Genomics, 1st Edition

Edited by Robert P Hirt, David S. Horner

CRC Press

400 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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The recent revolution in molecular biology has spread through every field of biology including systematics and evolution. Researchers can now analyze the genomes of different species relatively quickly, and this is generating a great deal of data and theories about relationships between taxa as well as how they originated and diversified.

Organelles, Genomes and Eukaryote Phylogeny covers recent developments in the field of “deep level” phylogenetic inference of eukaryotes, especially with respect to the origin and evolution of eukaryotic cells and their organelles. It focuses on interpretation of data derived from molecular and cell biology, genome sequencing with respect to the timing and mechanism of eukaryogenesis, and the endosymbiotic events leading to mitochondria and plastids.

As ideas that prevailed for twenty years are being revised, updated, or abandoned in the face of more sophisticated analysis of molecular sequence data, this book will prove relevant to all students and professionals working in molecular systematics, comparative genomics, and cell biology.


“An outhstanding set of reviews that effectively capture the current state of play in eukaryote relationships. …I thoroughly recommend it to those who wantto know where we’re currently heading in eukaryotic evolution and systematics.”

— Dave Roberts, The Natural History Museum, London, UK, in Society for General Microbiology, 2005

“As compact and information-rich as can be…if you want to have an authoritative source of information on the state of the field in 2004, consult this book…make sure your library has it.”

Plant Systematics and Evolution, Vol. 251, 2005

“Without doubt, this excellent publication is of great value for university teachers as well as for researchers in the field of cellular phylogeny, especially protistologists, presenting a multi-disciplinary approach to newly emerging theories, simultaneously provoking further debates and discussion on controversial issues within this field of research.”

European Journal of Protistology, 2006, Klaus Hausmann, Free University of Berlin, Germany

“… is about as compact and information-rich as can be. There is little redundant information in these 16 chapters by 29 authors … If you want to have an authoritative source of information on state of the field in 2004, consult this book.”

— Konrad Bachman, Gatersleben, Germany, in Plant Systematics & Evolution, Vol. 251, Nos. 239-255, 2005

Table of Contents

An Overview on Eukaryote Origins and Evolution: The Beauty of the Cell and the Fabulous Gene Phylogenies; David S. Horner, Robert P. Hirt

Excavata and the Origin of Amitochondriate Eukaryotes; Alistair G.B. Simpson, Andrew J. Roger

The Evolutionary History of Plastids: A Molecular Phylogenetic  Perspective; John M. Archibald, Patrick J. Keeling

Chromalveolate Diversity and Cell Megaevolution: Interplay of Membranes, Genomes and Cytoskeleton; Tom Cavalier-Smith

Origin and Evolution of Animals, Fungi and their Unicellular Allies (Opisthokonta); Emma T. Steenkamp, Sandra L. Baldauf

Pitfalls in Tree Reconstruction and the Phylogeny of Eukaryotes; Simonetta Gribaldo, Hervé Philippe

The Importance of Evolutionary Biology to the Analysis of Genome Data; Deborah Charlesworth

Eukaryotic Phylogenyin the age of Genomics: Evolutionary Implications of Functional Differences; John W. Stiller

Genome Phylogenies; Robert L. Charlebois, Robert G. Beiko, Mark A. Ragan

Genomics of Microbial Parasites: The Microsporidial Paradigm; Guy Meternier, Christian P. Vivares

Evolutionary Contribution of Plastid genes to Plant Nuclear Genomes and its Effects on the Composition of the Proteomes of all Cellular Compartments; Dario Leister, Anja Schneider

Protein Translocation Machinery in Chloroplasts and Mitochondria: Structure, Function and Evolution; Hrvoje Fulgosi, Jürgen Soll, Masami Inaba-Sulpice

Mitosomes, Hydrogenosomes and Mitochondria; Variations on a Theme?; Mark van der Giezen, Jorge Tovar

Eukaryotic Cell Evolution from a Comparative Genomic Perspective: The Endomembrane System; Joel B. Dacks, Mark C. Field

The Membranome and Membrane Heredity in Development and Evolution; Tom Cavalier-Smith

Epigenetic Inheritance and Evolutionary Adaptation; Csaba Pál, Laurence D. Hurst

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SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution