The Spatial Distribution of Microbes in the Environment

Editors: Franklin, Rima, Mills, Aaron (Eds.)

  • Attempts to address issues of scale of microbes juxtaposed with the footprint of their activities on the landscape
  • Includes discussion of fungi in soils and planktonic microorganisms in water Provides a primer on quantitative methods used to evaluate scale issues and distributions
  • Examines how microbial community spatial patterns correlate with environmental heterogeneity
  • Considers a diversity of habitats (rhizosphere, surface soils, terrestrial subsurface, and aquatic environments) and a variety of spatial scales (µm to km)
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Microbes are very small and, as individuals, are capable of influencing a portion of the environment only slightly larger than their own body size, i.e., a few microns.  However, their impact on the landscape is enormous, and ecosystem processes such as organic matter decomposition, denitrification, and metal oxidation/reduction are measured on scales of meters to kilometers.  This volume highlights recent advances that have contributed to our understanding of spatial patterns and scale issues in microbial ecology, and brings together research conducted at a range of spatial scales (from µm to km) and in a variety of different types of environments.  These topics are addressed in a quantitative manner, and a primer on statistical methods is included to aid the unfamiliar reader.  In soil ecosystems, both bacteria and fungi are discussed, and the spatial patterns are interpreted in an ecological context that considers issues such as nutrient availability, vegetation distribution and growth patterns, and microbial colonization.  In aquatic systems, focus is on the distribution of planktonic forms including phytoplankton and microzooplankton.  The reader should gain insight on how to integrate information across spatial scales, which is necessary in order to understand and predict how these tiny organisms can have such a profound effect on landscape and ecosystem-level processes.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Statistical Analysis Of Spatial Structure In Microbial Communities

    Rima B. Franklin, Aaron L. Mills

    Pages 31-60

  • Spatial Distribution Of Bacteria At The Microscale In Soil

    Arnaud Deschesne, Céline Pallud, Geneviève L. Grundmann

    Pages 87-107

  • Microbial Distributions And Their Potential Controlling Factors In Terrestrial Subsurface Environments

    R. Michael Lehman

    Pages 135-178

  • Spatial Organisation Of Soil Fungi

    Karl Ritz

    Pages 179-202

  • Spatial Heterogeneity Of Planktonic Microorganisms In Aquatic Systems

    Bernadette Pinel-Alloul, Anas Ghadouani

    Pages 203-310

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Spatial Distribution of Microbes in the Environment
Editors
  • Rima Franklin
  • Aaron Mills
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-6216-2
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-6216-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-6215-5
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-7570-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 333
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