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Bioluminescent Marine Plankton

Book Announcement

Bentham Science Publishers

               The glowing Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) extracted from the North Pacific jellyfish, Aqueorea victoria (for which the Japanese biologist, Dr. Osamu Shimonmura won the Noble Prize in Chemistry in 2008) has helped shed light on key processes such as the spread of cancer, the development of brain cells, the growth of bacteria, damage to cells by Alzheimer's disease, and the development of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Furthermore, GFP has been “a guiding star for biochemists, biologists, medical scientists and other researchers” besides serving as an indispensable tool in cellular research and medicine. Recent research findings have also shown that the natural products of the bioluminescent marine plankton could be of great use in therapeutical and biotechnological applications. Further application of “bioluminescence imaging” has grown tremendously in the past decade, and it has significantly contributed to the core conceptual advances in biomedical research. This technology has provided valuable means for monitoring different biological processes for immunology, oncology, virology, and neuroscience. Bioluminescence imaging has also been successfully used to monitor infections caused by various microorganisms, particularly bacteria.

                Though a few books are presently available on bioluminescence, a comprehensive volume dealing with the “Bioluminescent Marine Plankton ” has not so far been published. The first of its kind, this publication would answer this long-felt need. It deals with the chemistry of bioluminescence, types of bioluminescent displays, distribution of bioluminescence among marine plankton, ecological functions and uses/applications of planktonic bioluminescence; and the biology and ecology of about 200 species luminescent marine plankton of the different seas. It is hoped that the present publication, when brought out, would be of great use as a standard text-cum-reference for teachers, students, and researchers of various disciplines such as Marine Biology, Fisheries Science, and Environmental Sciences; and as a valuable reference for libraries of colleges and universities.


About the Author:

Ramasamy Santhanam, PhD, is the former Dean of the Fisheries College and Research Institute, (Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University), Thoothukudi, India. He has about 50 years of teaching and research experience in marine/ fisheries sciences. To his credit, Dr. Santhanam has 70 research papers and 33 books  published with internationally reputed publishers like Springer, Academic Press, CRC ( Taylor & Francis) Nova Science, and Bentham Science . His two books have been listed as “Best Marine Biology Books of All Time” by the World Book Authority.



Chemical Mechanism of Bioluminescence, Bioluminescent  Marine Copepods, Bioluminescent Marine Plankton, Bioluminescent  Marine Amphipods, Bioluminescent  Marine Dinoflagellates, Bioluminescent  Marine Mysids, Bioluminescent  Marine Radiolarians, Bioluminescent  Marine Euphausiids, Bioluminescent Marine Cnidarians, Bioluminescent  Marine Decapods, Bioluminescent Ctenophores, Bioluminescent Marine Mollusc, Bioluminescent Planktonic Marine Annelids, Bioluminescent Tunicates, Bioluminescent Chaetognaths, Bioluminescent Appendicularians ( Larvaceans), Bioluminescent  Marine Crustaceans, Bioluminescent Thaliaceans, Bioluminescent  Marine Ostracods, Marine Bioluminescence and Biotechnology        


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