A complete overview of methods and approaches to studying microbial diversity.
- Emphasizes new innovative methods, addresses established methods, and provides "hands on" advice on how to isolate, cultivate, and study organisms.
- Covers the range of assessment possibilities from direct measurements of physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the environment to a wide array of molecular tools such as metagenomic and metaproteomic approaches.
- Details innovative methods such as the use of genetic information from environmental samples, enrichment cultures, and single cells.
- Offers practical, essential advice on how to put these methods into practice both within and outside of the laboratory environment.