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Marine Microbiology

Ecology & Applications, Third Edition, 3rd Edition

By Colin B. Munn

CRC Press

410 pages | 153 Color Illus. | 15 B/W Illus.

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The third edition of this bestselling text has been rigorously updated to reflect major new discoveries and concepts since 2011, especially progress due to extensive application of high-throughput sequencing, single cell genomics and analysis of large datasets. Significant advances in understanding the diversity and evolution of bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists, and viruses are discussed and their importance in marine processes is explored in detail.

Now in full colour throughout, all chapters have been significantly expanded, with many new diagrams, illustrations and boxes to aid students’ interest and understanding. Novel pedagogy is designed to encourage students to explore current high-profile research topics. Examples include the impacts of rising CO2 levels on microbial community structure and ocean processes, interactions of microbes with plastic pollution, symbiotic interactions, and emerging diseases of marine life. 

This is the only textbook addressing such a broad range of topics in the specific area of marine microbiology, now a core topic within broader Marine Science degrees. A Companion Website provides additional online resources for instructors and students, including a summary of key concepts and terminology for each chapter, discussion questions, links to further resources, videos, and more.


"The 3rd Edition of this book captures all the recent amazing advances in our understanding of the marine microbiology world but still manages to present the concepts in a an easy, informative and entertaining way that will engage the novice to the expert. What a great book and a fun read."

- David Bourne, James Cook University and The Australian Institute of Marine Science

"It is great to see another edition of the book given that marine microbiology is such a fast moving and scientifically diverse field. Munn’s new edition will be a great resource for new students and advanced scientists alike."

- Greta Reintjes, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany

"Reading this textbook has made me realise how much the field of marine microbiology has progressed in recent decades. I recommend this book also to biogeochemists and ecologists in search of the Big Picture of ocean functioning. The many details of interactions emerging from the microbial world are amazing and shed light on the factors driving evolution of these ancient ecosystems."

- Victor Smetacek, Professor of Bio-Oceanography and Departmental Head at the Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven

"It has been astonishing to see the evolution of this book over the years. With its many ‘RESEARCH FOCUS’ boxes and ‘SIDEBARS’, this is more than your usual textbook. It is written in an enthusiastic, thought-provoking manner, encompassing the most up-to-date concepts in marine microbiology. From planktonic tunicates involved in carbon cycling, to viruses infecting other viruses, this essential read has it all!"

- Jozef I. Nissimov, Lecturer in Microbial Oceanography, SAMS, Scottish Marine Institute, UK

Table of Contents

1.Microbes in the Marine Environment 2.Methods in Marine Microbiology 3.Metabolic Diversity and Ecophysiology 4.Diversity of Marine Bacteria 5.Marine Archaea 6.Marine Eukaryotic Microbes 7.Marine Viruses 8.Microbes in Ocean Processes — Carbon Cycling 9.Microbes in Ocean Processes — Nitrogen, Sulfur, Iron, Phosphorus and Silicon Cycling 10.Microbial Symbioses of Marine Animals 11.Microbial Diseases of Marine Organisms 12.Marine Microbes as Agents of Human Disease 13.Microbial Aspects of Marine Biofouling, Biodeterioration, and Pollution 14.Marine Microbial Biotechnology 15.Concluding remarks

About the Author

Dr Colin Munn is Honorary Fellow at the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth. He has a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Birmingham (1971-1974) and was Associate Professor in Microbiology before he retired in 2017. While at Plymouth, Colin was Admissions Tutor for Marine Biology Undergraduate Programmes, Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, and Head of Department of Biological Sciences. He is passionate about teaching the importance of microbes and enabling students to understand the remarkable new discoveries that are revolutionising our understanding of the field, especially in the marine environment. Colin has particular research interests in the interactions between symbiotic and pathogenic microbes and their hosts. He has studied microbial interactions with plants, invertebrate animals, fish, and humans and is a strong advocate of a comparative approach. His recent research has taken him into various aspects of marine microbiology, including microbes in coral health and disease and the effects of environmental stress on microbial community structure in corals and other marine invertebrates.Colin was a Visiting Professor at James Cook University/Australian Institute of Marine Science (2002), St George's University, Grenada (1998-2002), Central University of Venezuela (1985) and University of Victoria, Canada (1981). He is now a member of the review panel for DEFRA, US SeaGrant, US National Science Foundation, Netherlands Polar Foundation, US-Israel Binational Science Foundation. Colin is a referee for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, ISME Journal of Microbial Ecology, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK, Freshwater Biology, Archives of Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Marine Pollution Bulletin, FEMS Microbiology Ecology.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Cytology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Marine Biology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Microbiology
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General