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Wiley Series in Ecological and Applied Microbiology, Ralph Mitchell, Series Editor

Microbial ecology is now recognized to be fundamental for understanding the natural world around us and is essential for examining life in the oceans. For the first time, this book brings together international experts to explore the incredibly diverse collection of microbes (and viruses) found in the oceans and to dissect many of the processes mediated by these microbes in aquatic environments. Although the oceans are emphasized, the organisms and processes discussed in the book occur in nearly all natural environments, including rivers and lakes.

Microbial Ecology of the Oceans reviews some basics of marine microbiology andprovides a foundation for researchers and students new to the field while also examining several questions currently being discussed in modern microbial ecology. The book brings together concepts from autoecological studies of individual bacterial groups and from ecological studies of microbial assemblages in the oceans. In addition to drawing on the rich history of microbiology, Microbial Ecology of the Oceans uses the latest advances in biological and chemical oceanography and limnology to examine the role of marine microbes and viruses in the oceans. Some of the topics covered by this informative book include:
* Microbial evolution, as revealed by molecular techniques
* Microbes in carbon budgets and cycles
* Viruses and grazers of bacteria
* Competition between bacteria and phytoplankton for limited nutrientsMarine symbiosis

Microbial Ecology of the Oceans elucidates the role of microbes in food web dynamics and biogeochemical cycles in the ocean. It will prove to be an indispensable resource for students and researchers in biological and chemical oceanography, geochemistry, marine chemistry, freshwater ecology, and microbiology.

Also in this series: Biofilms II: Analysis, Process, and Applications, James D. Bryers; Extremophiles: Microbial Life in Extreme Environments, Koki Horikoshi, William D. Grant; Wastewater Microbiology, Second Edition, Gabriel Bitton

This book focuses on processes related to global carbon cycling, including the flux of carbon and energy through marine ecosystems, nitrogen fixing, and iron uptake by marine microbes. In addition, it studies the role of viruses in determining species diversity of marine microbes, the controls of bacterial growth rates and production, viability of marine bacteria, marine symbiosis, and thermal vents as the source of marine hyperthermophiles.

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Editorial Reviews

...useful resource for everybody working in this field...well-written material and simple and lucid illustrations...would serve as an excellent primary source of information on virtually any aspects of marine microbial ecology.
SciTech Book News
The collection brings together concepts from autoecological studies of individual bacterial groups and from ecological studies of microbial assemblages.
...useful resource for everybody working in this field...well-written material and simple and lucid illustrations...would serve as an excellent primary source of information on virtually any aspects of marine microbial ecology.
Summarizes basic information known about microbes as components of the food webs and elemental cycles at work in the oceans. The collection brings together concepts from autoecological studies of individual bacterial groups and from ecological studies of microbial assemblages. Topics of the 16 contributions include microbial evolution as revealed by molecular techniques, microbes in carbon budgets and cycles, control of bacterial growth in idealized food webs, the impact of viruses on bacterial processes, interactions between bacteria and their grazers, the marine microbial nitrogen cycle, and symbiosis and mixotrophy among pelagic microorganisms. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"It is written for the reader with a solid background in biology and would be wonderful supplemental reading at the graduate level, with helpful definition boxes throughout and outlined summaries at the end of every chapter. The book is a well-rounded discourse of the advanced topics in marine microbial ecology. The second edition is highly recommended for professionals and graduate students in this field." (Environ Earth Sci, 2011)

"Given the state of flux in the field, this volume is the closest one can get to a classic textbook, and will be a must for students and researchers, but also for anyone interested in comparing the current state of consensus in microbial ecology with the status quo in the adjoining fields of plankton, benthos, and fish ecology." (The Quarterly Review of Biology, September 2010)"I would strongly recommend it for library purchase and the reading list of advanced students in this field." (Microbiology Today, May 2009)

"This book and its predecessor are valuable, critical overviews of the state of marine microbial ecology. They are the best current analysis of a growing and important discipline." (Oceanography, December 2008)

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Meet the Author

David L. Kirchman, PhD, is the former editor-in-chief of the journal Limnology and Oceanography and has published over 100 papers in microbiologyand the marine sciences. He is an internationally recognized authority in microbial ecology and biological oceanography.

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Table of Contents

Introduction (D. Kirchman & P. Williams).

Marine Microbes: An Overview (E. Sherr & B. Sherr).

Evolution, Diversity, and Molecular Ecology of Marine Prokaryotes (S. Giovannoni & M. Rapp?).

Bacterial Production and Biomass in the Oceans (H. Ducklow).

Production Mechanisms of Dissolved Organic Matter (T. Nagata).

Heterotrophic Bacteria and the Dynamics of Dissolved Organic Material (P. Williams).

UV Radiation Effects on Microbes and Microbial Processes (M. Moran & R. Zepp).

Control of Bacterial Growth in Idealized Food Webs (T. Thingstad).

Uptake and Regeneration of Inorganic Nutrients by Marine Heterotrophic Bacteria (D. Kirchman).

Bacterial Energetics and Growth Efficiency (P. del Giorgio & J. Cole).

Impact of Viruses on Bacterial Processes (J. Fuhrman).

Bacterivory: Interactions between Bacteria and their Grazers (S. Strom).

Marine Nitrogen Fixation (H. Paerl & J. Zehr).

Nitrification and the Marine Nitrogen Cycle (B. Ward).

The Marine Microbial Nitrogen Cycle (D. Capone).

Symbiosis and Mixotrophy Among Pelagic Microorganisms (D. Carson).


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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    An Excellent Book

    '...this is an excellent book...will serve as an authoritative source on bacterial life in the water column...I recommend it warmly to anyone interested in biological oceanography and the microbial life in the sea.' (Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Vol. 269, 2002)

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