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Environmental Microbiology

1st Edition

By Alan Varnam, Malcolm Evans

CRC Press

176 pages | 244 Color Illus.

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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


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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology