Advances in geomicrobiology have progressed at an accelerated pace in recent years. Ehrlich’s Geomicrobiology, Sixth Edition surveys various aspects of the field, including the microbial role in elemental cycling and in the formation and degradation of minerals and fossil fuels. Unlike the fifth edition, the sixth includes many expert contributors besides the editors, providing added depth to each topic and broadening this edition’s overall insight into geomicrobiology.
The Sixth Edition Includes:
- Extensive revisions and updates to most chapters from the fifth edition
- A new chapter on terrestrial subsurface ecosystems
- A new chapter summarizing important principles of geomicrobiology
- New discussions and references on the latest findings and theories in geomicrobiology
Through revisions, updates, and the introduction of new authors who are specialists on the topics covered, this new edition is the most in-depth and current overview of geomicrobiology. The research presented has applications in agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, marine science, the metals industry, and more. The new breadth and scope as well as the current and developing applications which this book addresses make it a must-have source in geomicrobiology.
Introduction. Earth as a Microbial Habitat. Emergence of Life and Its Early History. Uppermost Lithosphere as a Microbial Habitat. Terrestrial Subsurface Ecosystem. Hydrosphere as Microbial Habitat. Geomicrobial Processes: A Physiological and Biochemical Overview. Cultivation, In Situ Measurements, and Geochemical Techniques for Geomicrobiological Studies. Molecular Methods in Geomicrobiology. Microbial Formation and Degradation of Carbonates. Geomicrobial Interactions with Silicon. Geomicrobiology of Aluminum: Microbes and Bauxite. Geomicrobial Interactions with Phosphorus. Geomicrobiology of Nitrogen. Geomicrobial Interactions with Arsenic and Antimony. Geomicrobiology of Mercury. Geomicrobiology of Iron. Geomicrobiology of Manganese. Geomicrobial Interactions with Other Transition Metals (Chromium, Molybdenum, Vanadium, Technetium), Metalloids (Polonium), Actinides (Uranium, Neptunium, and Plutonium) and the Rare Earth Elements. Geomicrobiology of Sulfur. Biogenesis and Biodegradation of Sulfide Minerals in the Earth’s Surface. Geomicrobiology of Selenium and Tellurium. Geomicrobiology of Fossil Fuels.