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Environmental Microbiology





ISBN 9781874545781
Published September 22, 2000 by CRC Press
176 Pages - 244 Color Illustrations

 
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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

Overview
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
Introduction
The marine environment
The freshwater environment

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

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

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