While researching her book about mushrooms, Eugenia Bone became fascinated with microbes—those life forms that are too small to see without a microscope. Specifically, she wanted to understand the microbes that lived inside other organisms like plants and people. But as she began reading books, scholarly articles, blogs, and even attending an online course in an attempt to grasp the microbiology, she quickly realized she couldn’t do it alone.
That’s why she enrolled at Columbia University to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. Her stories about being a middle-aged mom embedded in undergrad college life are spot-on and hilarious. But more profoundly, when Bone went back to school she learned that biology is a vast conspiracy of microbes. Microbes invented living and as a result they are part of every aspect of every living thing. This popular science book takes the layman on a broad survey of the role of microbes in nature and illustrates their importance to the existence of everything: atmosphere, soil, plants, and us.
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Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Six Ingredients Connect Us All 1
Chapter 2 How Microbes Created the Air We Breathe 16
Chapter 3 The Impossible Microbial Species Concept 32
Chapter 4 A Marriage of Microbes 51
Chapter 5 Microbes Make Landfall 64
Chapter 6 The Soil Microbiome 80
Chapter 7 Soil without Microbes 102
Chapter 8 The Plant Microbiome 121
Chapter 9 Your Microbiome Is a Park 142
Chapter 10 Our Microbiomes 161
Chapter 11 Germophobia and Microbiomania 179
Chapter 12 The Earth Microbiome 203