Environmental Microbiology / Edition 1

Environmental Microbiology / Edition 1

by Alan H. VarnAm
     
 

ISBN-10: 155581218X

ISBN-13: 9781555812188

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: ASM Press

Microorganisms play a major role in the geobiology and geochemistry of the planet, forming the basic stage in the food chain, and thus sustaining the existence of higher evolutionary life. The continuing interaction between these living organisms and the environment, combined with their exploitation by man, shape the material world. Over the past few years our

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Microorganisms play a major role in the geobiology and geochemistry of the planet, forming the basic stage in the food chain, and thus sustaining the existence of higher evolutionary life. The continuing interaction between these living organisms and the environment, combined with their exploitation by man, shape the material world. Over the past few years our understanding has increased considerably by means of new technology and the emergence of paradigms which enable the microbiologist to view the microbial world, and its significance to life, with new eyes. The book reflects these exciting developments by combining the basics of science with the most up-to-date new material. It will be valuable as a textbook and reference guide for students and professionals in microbiology, freshwater and marine biology, soil science, environmental biology, and planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555812188
Publisher:
ASM Press
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Preface4
Glossary5
Acknowledgements6
1Overview7
The Nature of Microbial Communities8
Life at Low Nutrient Concentrations: the Common Lot of Micro-organisms16
Physicochemical Factors Affecting the Environmental Fate of Micro-organisms18
Competitive Strategies of Micro-organisms23
Interactions Involving Micro-organisms25
References27
2Aquatic Environments29
Microflora of the Different Aquatic Environments30
The Marine Environment33
The Freshwater Environment56
References84
3Terrestrial Environments87
Soil88
Micro-organisms and Higher Plants105
Other Terrestrial Habitats122
References128
4Extreme Environments131
High Temperature Environments132
Extremely Acidic Environments137
Highly Alkaline Environments140
Non-alkaline, Highly Saline Environments144
References151
Appendices152
IDevelopment of the Microflora in a Flooded Gravel Pit152
IIThe Great Goldmine Mystery153
IIIA Comparison of the Microbiological Profile of the Soil on Two Sides of a Valley154
Further Reading155
Index156

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