The following topics are covered:
how microorganisms are classified, the physical constraints governing their growth, molecular approaches to studying microbial diversity, and life in extreme environments
bioenergetics, microbial metabolic capabilities, and major biogeochemical pathways
chemical reactivity of the cell surface, metal sorption, and the microbial role in contaminant mobility and bioremediation/biorecovery
microbiological mineral formation and fossilization
the function of microorganisms in mineral dissolution and oxidation, and the industrial and environmental ramifications of these processes
elemental cycling in biofilms, formation of microbialites, and sediment diagenesis
the events that led to the emergence of life, evolution of metabolic processes, and the diversification of the biosphere.
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1. Microbial properties and diversity.
2. Microbial metabolism.
3. Cell surface reactivity and metal sorption.
5. Microbial weathering.
6. Microbial zonation.
7. Early microbial life.