Processes in Microbial Ecology

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Processes in Microbial Ecology discusses the major processes carried out by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and other protists in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Written by one of the leading scientists in the field, the text focuses on biogeochemical processes, starting with primary production and the initial fixation of carbon into cellular biomass, before exploring how that carbon is degraded in both oxygen-rich (oxic) ...

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Overview

Processes in Microbial Ecology discusses the major processes carried out by viruses, bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and other protists in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial ecosystems.

Written by one of the leading scientists in the field, the text focuses on biogeochemical processes, starting with primary production and the initial fixation of carbon into cellular biomass, before exploring how that carbon is degraded in both oxygen-rich (oxic) and oxygen-deficient (anoxic) environments.

The book neatly connects processes occurring at the micron scale to events happening at the global scale, including the carbon cycle and its connection to climate change issues.

A final chapter is devoted to symbiosis and other relationships between microbes and larger organisms.

Processes in Microbial Ecology is an ideal text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in microbial ecology and related fields.

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"Kirchman's breadth of personal experience in many facets of microbial ecology is clear and he is at his best in describing these topics. There are few topics in microbial ecology that are not covered by the volume." — The Quarterly Review of Biology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199586929
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/24/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,048,724
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Dave Kirchman is the Maxwell P. & Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies at the University of Delaware. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 before joining the faculty at the University of Delaware in 1986. He has edited two previous books and written 160 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He was Editor of Limnology of Oceanography for 5 years, and has served on the editorial boards for another eight journals. He has several years of experience teaching microbial ecology to undergraduate and graduate students with diverse backgrounds, including chemists and engineers, with little experience in microbiology.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction
2. Elements, Biochemicals, and Structures of Microbes
3. Physical-Chemical Environment of Microbes
4. Microbial Primary Production and Phototrophy
5. Degradation of Organic Material
6. Microbial Growth, Biomass Production, and Controls
7. Predation and Protists
8. Ecology of Viruses
9. Community Structure of Microbes in Natural Environments
10. Genomes and Metagenomes of Microbes and Viruses
11. Processes in Anoxic Environments
12. The Nitrogen Cycle
13. Introduction to Geomicrobiology
14. Symbiosis and Microbes
References
Index

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