Processes in Microbial Ecology (2nd edition)

ISBN : 9780198789413

David L. Kirchman
384 Pages
189 x 246 mm
Pub date
Jul 2018


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Microbial ecology is the study of interactions among microbes in natural environments and their roles in biogeochemical cycles, food web dynamics, and the evolution of life. This book presents the basic principles of microbial ecology using examples from aquatic (freshwater and marine) and terrestrial ecosystems.


1 Introduction
2 Elements, biochemicals, and structures of microbes
3 The physical-chemical environment of microbes
4 Community structure of microbes in natural environments
5 Genomes and meta-omics for microbes
6 Microbial primary production and phototrophy
7 Degradation of organic matter
8 Microbial growth, biomass production, and controls
9 Predation and protists
10 The ecology of viruses
11 Processes in anoxic environments
12 The nitrogen cycle
13 Introduction to geomicrobiology
14 Symbioses and microbes

About the author: 

Professor David L. Kirchman is the Maxwell P. & Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Biosciences at the University of Delaware. He obtained his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982 before joining the faculty at the University of Delaware in 1986. He has written over 220 articles in peer-reviewed journals, was Editor of Limnology and Oceanography for 5 years, and has served on the editorial boards of another eight journals. He was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2008 and as an ASLO fellow in 2015.

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