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Advances in Environmental Microbiology

Microbes: The Foundation Stone of the Biosphere

Editors: Hurst, Christon J. (Ed.)

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  • Shares fascinating insights into the evolutionary, biological and ecological importance of microorganisms
  • Offers a collection of unique essays, written by noted scientists from various fields
  • Includes some philosophical thoughts to put the findings in a broader context
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This collection of essays discusses fascinating aspects of the concept that microbes are at the root of all ecosystems. The content is divided into seven parts, the first of those emphasizes that microbes not only were the starting point, but sustain the rest of the biosphere and shows how life evolves through a perpetual struggle for habitats and niches. Part II explains the ways in which microbial life persists in some of the most extreme environments, while Part III presents our understanding of the core aspects of microbial metabolism. Part IV examines the duality of the microbial world, acknowledging that life exists as a balance between certain processes that we perceive as being environmentally supportive and others that seem environmentally destructive. In turn, Part V discusses basic aspects of microbial symbioses, including interactions with other microorganisms, plants and animals. The concept of microbial symbiosis as a driving force in evolution is covered in Part VI. In closing, Part VII explores the adventure of microbiological research, including some reminiscences from and perspectives on the lives and careers of microbe hunters.

Given its mixture of science and philosophy, the book will appeal to scientists and advanced students of microbiology, evolution and ecology alike.

About the authors

Christon J. Hurst

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 

and 

Universidad del Valle, Santiago de Cali, Valle Colombia

Table of contents (31 chapters)

Table of contents (31 chapters)
  • Our Living World Rests upon a Foundation of Microorganisms: The Constant Struggle for Habitat and Niche

    Pages 3-18

    Hurst, Christon J.

  • Darwin’s Science’s Impact on the Evolution of the Microbiological Sciences

    Pages 19-56

    Noll, Kenneth M.

  • Microbes and Marine Sediments: A Lifelong Relationship on Earth’s Biosphere

    Pages 57-88

    Pan, Jerónimo

  • The Democracy of Dirt: Relating Micro-Scale Dynamics to Macro-Scale Ecosystem Function

    Pages 89-102

    Schimel, Joshua

  • The Concept of Evanescent Microbial Ecosystems in Earth’s Atmosphere

    Pages 105-113

    Griffin, Dale Warren

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eBook 117,69 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-63512-1
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Hardcover 155,99 €
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microbes: The Foundation Stone of the Biosphere
Editors
  • Christon J. Hurst
Series Title
Advances in Environmental Microbiology
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-63512-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-63512-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-63511-4
Series ISSN
2366-3324
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 685
Number of Illustrations
34 b/w illustrations, 122 illustrations in colour
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