The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook 3-Vol set

Edited by

  • David Stern, Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research, Ithaca, NY
  • George Witman, Department of Cell Biology, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA


  • Elizabeth Harris, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

In recent years Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (C. reinhardtii) has proved to be an outstanding model for investigation of signal transduction, rhodopsin-based vision, and the evolution of sexual processes. The Chlamydomonas Sourcebook, first published in 1989, summarized the development of this alga as a laboratory system beginning in the 1940s. Since the first edition published, Chlamydomonas research has grown significantly. This revised three-volume set, which includes the Sourcebook, Chlamydomonas Metabolic Processes, and Chlamydomonas Motility and Taxis Responses stands as the most comprehensive reference for this important research organism. This set retains historical material, and culture methods and illustrations from the original book, while adding molecular techniques, analysis of the recently sequenced genome, and reviews of the current status of the diverse fields in which Chlamydomonas is used as a model organism.
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Book information

  • Published: November 2008
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-370873-1
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VOLUME 1 – Introduction to Chlamydomonas and Its Laboratory Use By Elizabeth Harris (Duke University) • Taxonomy, diversity and distribution of Chlamydomonas species • History of Chlamydomonas as a laboratory organism • Cell architecture • The vegetative cell cycle, including culture conditions and methods • The sexual cycle • Overview of the nuclear genome • Genetic analysis • The molecular toolkit, including transformation, gene expression, etc. • Resources for the investigator and for use of Chlamydomonas in teaching VOLUME 2 – Organellar and Metabolic Processes Edited By David Stern (Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research) • Biogenesis of chloroplasts and mitochondria • Photosynthesis • Respiration • Nitrogen assimilation • Starch biosynthesis • Sulfur metabolism • Rsponse to heavy metals • Hydrogen production VOLUME 3 – Cell Motility and Behavior Edited by George Witman (University of Massachusetts Medical School) • Basal bodies • Basal body-associated structures • Flagellar assembly and length control • Intraflagellar transport • Flagellar axoneme • Flagellar membrane • Tactic responses (phototaxis, chemotaxis) and mechanoreception