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Microbial Metal Respiration

From Geochemistry to Potential Applications

Editors: Gescher, Johannes, Kappler, Andreas (Eds.)

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  • This book is a timely and comprehensive interdisciplinary review of our current understanding of respiratory metal reduction
  • Elucidates the different principles that have to be regarded to fully understand microbial metal reduction
  • Written by authors which belong to the forefront of researchers it is intended to be a resource - but not only - for geochemists, microbiologists, biochemists and environmental engineers
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Microbes can respire on metals. This seemingly simple finding is one of the major discoveries that were made in the field of microbiology in the last few decades. The importance of this observation is evident. Metals are highly abundant on our planet. Iron is even the most abundant element on Earth and the forth most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. Hence, in some environments iron, but also other metals or metalloids, are the dominant respiratory electron acceptors. Their reduction massively drives the carbon cycle in these environments and establishes redox cycles of the metallic electron acceptors themselves. These redox cycles are not only a driving force for other biotic reactions but are furthermore necessary for initiating a number of geochemically relevant abiotic redox conversions. Although widespread and ecologically influential, electron transfer onto metals like ferric iron or manganese is biochemically challenging. The challenge is to transfer respiratory electrons onto metals that occur in nature at neutral pH in the form of metal oxides or oxihydroxides that are effectively insoluble. Obviously, it is necessary that the microbes specially adapt in order to catalyze the electron transfer onto insoluble electron acceptors. The elucidation of these adaptations is an exciting ongoing process. To sum it up, dissimilatory metal reduction has wide-spread implications in the field of microbiology, biochemistry and geochemistry and its discovery was one of the major reasons to establish a novel scientific field called geomicrobiology. Recently, the discovery of potential applications of dissimilatory metal reducers in bioremediation or current production in a microbial fuel cell further increased the interest in studying microbial metal reduction. 

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)
  • Minerals and Aqueous Species of Iron and Manganese as Reactants and Products of Microbial Metal Respiration

    Pages 1-28

    Majzlan, Juraj

  • Energetic and Molecular Constraints on the Mechanism of Environmental Fe(III) Reduction by Geobacter

    Pages 29-48

    Levar, C. E. (et al.)

  • The Biochemistry of Dissimilatory Ferric Iron and Manganese Reduction in Shewanella oneidensis

    Pages 49-82

    Bücking, Clemens (et al.)

  • On the Role of Endogenous Electron Shuttles in Extracellular Electron Transfer

    Pages 83-105

    Brutinel, Evan D. (et al.)

  • Humic Substances and Extracellular Electron Transfer

    Pages 107-128

    Piepenbrock, Annette (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Microbial Metal Respiration
Book Subtitle
From Geochemistry to Potential Applications
Editors
  • Johannes Gescher
  • Andreas Kappler
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-32867-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-32867-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-32866-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-44138-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 236
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