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, links to further resources, and flashcards to aid self-assessment.
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
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.
"I am delighted to see the 3rd Edition of Colin Munn’s "Marine Microbiology". The previous editions have been my go to texts for supporting teaching and providing a foundational understanding. The new Edition has retained many of the key features of the previous editions, including an excellent updated summary of the broad variety of methods used in marine microbiology. It is great to see the inclusion of greater details on emerging new topics in marine microbiology, such as the marine mycobiome. The research boxes are informative, enriching and exciting, covering multiple hot topics in marine microbiology, ranging from cable bacteria, to melting sea ice and microplastics. A must read for new students exploring the field and well-established marine microbiologists alike."
- Michael Cunliffe, MBA Senior Research Fellow, Associate Professor in Marine Microbiology, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, UK
"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
"Munn's 3rd Edition textbook presents the burgeoning field of marine microbiology in a manner that is sure to excite newcomers to the field while also capturing the latest ideas and results to give seasoned experts food for thought. An excellent primer for anyone seeking to explore the tiny masters of the oceans!"
- Mya Breitbart, University of South Florida, Florida, USA
"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
"This book is a comprehensive and necessary guide for any budding Marine Microbiologist -- or indeed anyone eager to learn more about the micro-sized life beneath the waves. The previous edition of this book helped me through my undergraduate degree and set me on the path to my current research career in Marine Microbiology, and has also helped countless colleagues get to grips with the area for the first time. It is written in a way that is both engaging and educational, and the new section in this edition that covers biodeterioration, biodegradation and pollution is sure to be of interest to a whole new generation of Microbiologists."
- Robyn Wright, marine/micro/molecular biologist, ACU Blue Charter-funded research fellow, Dalhousie University, Canada
"This new edition of the Marine Microbiology textbook provides a complete overview of the fundamentals and recent advances of the complex and fascinating world of marine microbes. With a friendly format, including supplementary notes, nice pictures, and illustrative diagrams, Munn’s book is a valuable contribution to the field and an obligate resource for the coming generations of marine microbiologists."
- Marcelo Gutiérrez, Universidad de Concepción, Chile
"The third version of Munn’s book is really great! It has been updated to include the most recent research, including DMSP production by bacteria. In addition, this edition contains much more regarding biogeochemical cycles as well as marine eukaryotic microbies. I also like the new subtitles for section headings compared with the second edition. I will certainly refer to this textbook for my teaching."
- Xiao-Hua Zhang, Professor in Marine Microbiology, College of Marine Life Sciences, Ocean University of China, China
"This book effectively articulates microbiology in an easy to understand manner. It communicates key concepts and phenomena by use of diagrams and photographs to support the text. The use of Research and Information Boxes is also useful to focus attention on key points for the reader to understand and assimilate."
- Ian R. Cooper, Principal Lecturer in Microbiology, School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton, UK
"Filled with newest insights in the field of marine microbiology, Colin has done an outstanding job of compiling our continuously growing wealth of knowledge from all research areas in his third edition of the book. This book reflects Colin's perpetual enthusiasm for introducing students to marine microbiology that I experienced myself. Because of his captivating style of writing, this book is especially easy to read, digest and comprehend for students."
- Målin Tietjen, Max-Planck-Institut für Marine Mikrobiologie, Bremen, Germany
"I’ve kept Munn’s "Marine Microbiology" on my own reference shelf since the first edition and continue to use this text for my own research as well as assigning sections for university courses ranging from microbial ecology to oceanography. The third edition is significantly expanded and incorporates many new discoveries and subfields within the rapidly developing field of marine microbiology. Munn’s 3rd edition of "Marine Microbiology" is an excellent overview and introduction for any marine scientist, providing clear, concise coverage of the major topics in marine microbial ecology, as well as key references for those who wish to delve further into specific research topics."
- Erik Zettler, Dept. of Marine Microbiology and Biogeochemistry, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
"I recommend this textbook to all students of microbiology as essential reading. In its 3rd edition Colin Munn again captures all the excitement he shares with many of us on the rapid progress of marine microbiology. How can one discuss issues like climate change or global element cycling without knowing about environmental microbes? So, open this very readable book, enjoy the breadth and depth of the well illustrated chapters, have a look at the 28 boxes highlighting current research and get updated on the amazing diversity and indispensable functions of marine microbes."
- Rudolf Amann, Director, Professor, Department of Molecular Ecology, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany
"The third edition of Munn’s Marine Microbiology Ecology and Applications textbook provides a thorough, up-to-date, holistic view of the state of the field, highlighting some of the fascinating recent discoveries which make marine microbiology such an important and exciting topic. Munn has achieved his goal of writing with a sense of excitement, immersing the reader in the intricacies of the microbial world in way that will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of marine microbiologists."
- Lauren Messer, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia
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