Environmental Microbiology - Varnam
Alan H. Varnam, Malcolm G. Evans
Softcover 176 pages, 244 colour & b+w illus ISBN 1874545782
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 will be valuable as a textbookand
reference guide for students and professionals.
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Section I: Overview, 1. The nature of microbial communities,
2. Life at low nutrient concentrations: the common lot of microorganisms,
3. Physico-chemical factors affecting the environmental fate of
microorganisms, 4. Competitive strategies of microorganisms, 5.
Interactions involving microorganisms, Section II: Aquatic Environments,
1. Introduction, 2. The marine environment, 3. The freshwater environment,
Section III: Terrestrial Environments, 1. Introduction, 2.
Soil, 3. Microorganisms and higher plants, 4. The lichen symbiosis,
5. Other terrestrial habitats, Section IV: Extreme Environments,
1. Introduction, 2. High temperature environments, 3. Extremely
acidic environments, 4. Highly alkaline environments, 5. Non-alkaline,
highly saline environments, References.
: environmental impact
: environmental science
: plant science
: soil science
: water science