Biocommunication in Soil Microorganisms
2010/10/29 9:29:43 (5230 reads)

Communication is defined as an interaction between at least two living agents which share a repertoire of signs. These are combined according to syntactic, semantic and context-dependent, pragmatic rules in order to coordinate behavior. This volume deals with the important roles of soil bacteria in parasitic and symbiotic interactions with viruses, plants, animals and fungi. Starting with a general overview of the key levels of communication between bacteria, further reviews examine the various aspects of intracellular as well as intercellular biocommunication between soil microorganisms.

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Logos of the bios 1
2010/1/3 15:31:14 (2718 reads)

Contributions to the foundation of a three-leveled biosemiotics This approach underlines the complementarity of syntactic, pragmatic and semantic rules as a precondition for adequately investigating the language- like structure of the genetic code and the communicative organization of interacting cellular organisms. Guenther Witzany, Helsinki. Umweb, 220 pp. (2006)

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Natural Genetic Engineering and Natural Genome Editing
2009/11/9 14:42:24 (4800 reads)

The recent literature on whole genome sequences provides abundant evidence for the action of natural genetic engineering in evolution. Discoveries about natural genetic engineering have coincided with rapid progress in our understanding of epigenetic control and RNA-directed chromatin formation.

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Biocommunication and Natural Genome Editing
2009/9/7 20:44:13 (8250 reads)

This is is the first uniform description of all key levels of communication in the organismic kingdoms of plants, fungi, animals and bacteria based on the most recent empirical data. Biocommunication occurs on three levels (A) intraorganismic, i.e. intra- and intercellular, (B) interorganismic, between the same or related species and (C) transorganismic, between organisms which are not related. The biocommunicative approach demonstrates both that cells, tissues, organs and organisms coordinate and organize by communication processes and genetic nucleotide sequence order in cellular and non-cellular genomes is structured language-like, i.e. follow combinatorial (syntactic), context-sensitive (pragmatic) and content-specific (semantic) rules. Without sign-mediated interactions no vital functions within and between organisms can be coordinated. Exactly this feature is absent in non-living matter.

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The Logos of the Bios 2
2009/2/14 13:00:00 (2358 reads)

"Glance at Witzany's little book and put it beside standard texts on semio-communication written by those who still favour mechanistic causality in exploring animal behaviour and you can see how far Biosemiotics has come" (Peter Harries-Jones, University of Toronto)

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Biocommunication of Ciliates
…serves as a learning tool for research aspects in biocommunication in ciliates. It will guide scientists in further investigations on ciliate behavior, how they mediate signaling processes between themselves and the environment.

Biocommunication of Animals
„… chimpanzees, elephants, cetaceans, wolves, rats, song birds, reptiles, insects, octopus, corals, nematodes and many other species: all coordinate their interactions with signs.“
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Biocommunication of Fungi
"This book will orientate further investigations on how fungal ecosphere inhabitants communicate with each other to coordinate their behavioral patterns and whats the role of viruses in this highly dynamic interactional networks. Additionally this book will serve as an appropriate tool to transport an integrated depiction of this fascinating kingdom."
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Viruses - Essential Agents of Life
Viruses: Essential Agents of Life is a great way to kick off the next 100 years of virology (American Society for Microbiology 2013)
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"Plants assess their surroundings, estimate how much energy they need for particular goals, and then realise the optimum variant. They take measures to control certain environmental resources. They perceive themselves and can distinguish between ‘self ’ and ‘non-self ’." Buy it >

This is the first uniform description of all key levels of communication in the organismic kingdoms of plants, fungi, animals and bacteria based on the most recent empirical data....
The recent literature on whole genome sequences provides abundant evidence for the action of natural genetic engineering in evolution.

A milestone edition that for the first time comprehensively presents the exciting topic of soil biocommunication. A valuable source of information for scientists in microbiology, biochemistry, genetics and soil ecology.

Guenther Witzany, an Austrian philosopher, has developed a “theory of communicative nature” that, he claims, differentiates biotic and abiotic life. “Life is distinguished from non-living matter by language and communication,”
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