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Processes in Microbial Ecology

Second Edition

David L. Kirchman

August 2018

ISBN: 9780198789413

336 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

In Stock

Price: £38.99

Microbial ecology is the study of interactions among microbes in natural environments and their roles in biogeochemical cycles, food web dynamics, and the evolution of life. This book presents the basic principles of microbial ecology using examples from aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems.

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Microbial ecology is the study of interactions among microbes in natural environments and their roles in biogeochemical cycles, food web dynamics, and the evolution of life. This book presents the basic principles of microbial ecology using examples from aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems.

  • Presents the basic principles of microbial ecology using examples from both aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems
  • Uniquely combines biogeochemistry (e.g. the carbon cycle) with basic ecology (e.g. predator-prey interactions and competition)
  • Focuses on biogeochemical processes, particularly their relevance to understanding issues in climate change
  • Demonstrates the importance of processes occurring on the micron scale to events happening at a global scale
  • Written by one of the leading scientists in the field

New to this edition

  • This second edition has been reorganized and updated to reflect the latest developments in the field, especially from studies using genomic and other approaches
  • New topics have been added, from ecology, soil sciences, and environmental microbiology
  • Each chapter contains new and improved illustrations

About the Author(s)

David L. Kirchman, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Biosciences, University of Delaware, USA

Professor David L. Kirchman is the Maxwell P. & Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Biosciences 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 written over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals, was Editor of Limnology and Oceanography for 5 years, and has served on the editorial boards of another eight journals. He was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2008 and as an ASLO fellow in 2015.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:Introduction
    2:Elements, biochemicals, and structures of microbes
    3:The physical-chemical environment of microbes
    4:Community structure of microbes in natural environments
    5:Genomes and meta-omics for microbes
    6:Microbial primary production and phototrophy
    7:Degradation of organic matter
    8:Microbial growth, biomass production, and controls
    9:Predation and protists
    10:The ecology of viruses
    11:Processes in anoxic environments
    12:The nitrogen cycle
    13:Introduction to geomicrobiology
    14:Symbioses and microbes
    References
    Index

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