Introduction to Geomicrobiology

  • ID: 2176429
  • Book
  • 440 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Introduction to Geomicrobiology is a timely and comprehensive overview of how microbial life has affected Earth s environment through time. It shows how the ubiquity of microorganisms, their high chemical reactivity, and their metabolic diversity make them a significant factor controlling the chemical composition of our planet.

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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Preface.

1. Microbial properties and diversity.

2. Microbial metabolism.

3. Cell surface reactivity and metal sorption.

4. Biomineralization.

5. Microbial weathering.

6. Microbial zonation.

7. Early microbial life.

References.

Index

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I recommend the book to anyone who is interested in where particular microbes live, how they live and what effects they may exert on our planet Earth. Certainly I will be using the book when preparing my lectures.   (Geology Today, 1 May 2011)

"This text is well illustrated with clear, informative and well–described diagrams and some splendid electron micrographs with convincing evidence for mineral deposition by bacterial action. A good index and up–to–date references make this a book that undergraduates of any biological discipline could use as an introductory text that would be useful throughout their course."Times Higher Education Supplement

"A thorough and informative overview of the subject comprehensively referenced throughout. Dr Kohnhauser has done an excellent job in integrating the diverse aspects of geomicrobiology and making them accessible and interesting to...a wide range of readers." European Journal of Soil Science

The most comprehensive general book in geomicrobiology, showing the great advances made in geomicrobiology during the past few years Packed with information.Journal of Sedimentary Research

"I would recommend this book to any upper undergraduate / graduate students who wish to study geomicrobiology, as well as to researchers in geomicrobiology who may find here either a nice way to fill possible gaps in their knowledge or a starting point for new research."Journal of Sedimentary Research

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