Biophysics and biochemistry at low temperatures

  • Franks F
  • Jones M
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Cold is the single most important enemy of life, and this book discusses the responses of living organisms to low temperatures. Subfreezing temperatures in particular affect the properties of water, which is essential for life, and the book describes the physics and chemistry of water in the context of physiology. Injury from cooling and the way in which organisms respond and survive, as well as the mechanism of cool hardening in micro-organisms, insects and plants, are discussed. The laboratory exploitation of low temperatures to preserve life and to protect labile materials against freeze damage is also considered.




Franks, F., & Jones, MalcolmN. (1987). Biophysics and biochemistry at low temperatures. FEBS Letters, 220(2), 391–391.

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