1st Edition

Environmental Microbiology

By Alan Varnam, Malcolm Evans Copyright 2001
    176 Pages 244 Color Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    120 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Micro-organisms play a major role in the geochemistry of the planet, forming the basic stage in the food chain, and thus sustaining the existence of higher evolutionary life. The continuing interaction between these living organisms and the environment, combined with their exploitation by man are shaping the material world today.

    Over the last few years our understanding has increased considerably due to the development of new technology and the emergence of new paradigms which have enabled the microbiologist to view the microbial world, and its significance to life, with new eyes. Combining the basics of science with the most up-to-date new material, and incorporating high quality photographs and graphics, this book is valuable as both a textbook and reference guide for students and professionals.

    The nature of microbial communities
    Life at low nutrient concentrations: the common lot of microorganisms
    Physico-chemical factors affecting the environmental fate of microorganisms
    Competitive strategies of microorganisms
    Interactions involving microorganisms

    Aquatic Environments
    The marine environment
    The freshwater environment

    Terrestrial Environments
    Microorganisms and higher plants
    The lichen symbiosis
    Other terrestrial habitats

    Extreme Environments
    High temperature environments
    Extremely acidic environments
    Highly alkaline environments
    Non-alkaline, highly saline environments


    Alan Varnam, Malcolm Evans