A select group of bacteria plays a key role in the phenomenon of ice nucleation; their actions having an impact on the frost sensitivity of plants, the winter survival of certain insects, and even on weather systems. This book integrates the ice nucleation research of plant physiologists, crop scientists, microbiologists, biochemists, bacteriologists, entomologists, and food scientists worldwide.From the Preface:The scientific literature related to ice nucleation in biological systems is unusually scattered owing to the diversity of disciplines with interest in this subject. Reports have come from the fields of meteorology, bacteriology, plant physiology, crop science, physiology of cold tolerance in ectothermic animals (particularly insects), and the application of ice nucleation to medicine, cryobiology, food science, and snowmaking. The purpose of this book is to integrate for the first time information from each of these areas to serve not only as a reference for researchers in the field, but also one that will appeal to those with a more peripheral interest in the topic. We hope that this book will aid in the synthesis of principles of ice nucleation spanning a range from theoretical to applied aspects in bacterial, plant, and animal systems. In addition, students new to this subject may use it as an accessible starting point.Since each of these disciplines has developed its own, largely independent, body of literature, complete with different sets of terms for phenomena that are common to all, we have included a glossary as an aid to interpretating the literature.
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