Microbial Ecology Research Trends

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Nova Publishers, 2008 - Medical - 274 pages
Microbial ecology is the relationship of microorganisms with one another and with their environment. It concerns the three major domains of life -- Eukaryota, Archaea, and Bacteria -- as well as viruses. Microorganisms, by their omnipresence, impact the entire biosphere. They are present in virtually all of our planet's environments, including some of the most extreme, from acidic lakes to the deepest ocean, and from frozen environments to hydrothermal vents. Microbes, especially bacteria, often engage in symbiotic relationships (either positive or negative) with other organisms, and these relationships affect the ecosystem. One example of these fundamental symbioses are chloroplasts, which allow eukaryotes to conduct photosynthesis. Chloroplasts are considered to be endosymbiotic cyanobacteria, a group of bacteria that are thought to be the origins of aerobic photosynthesis. Some theories state that this invention coincides with a major shift in the early earth's atmosphere, from a reducing atmosphere to an oxygen-rich atmosphere. This book presents new and important research in the field.
 

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Contents

Evaluating PAH Biodegradation Relative to Total Bacterial Carbon Demand in Coastal Ecosystems Are PAHs Truly Recalcitrant?
1
Diversity of Bacterial Symbiosis in Stinkbugs
39
MicroGame Hunting Predatory Behavior and Defensive Strategies in Ciliates
65
Laboratory Model Systems for the Study of Microbial Communities
87
Ecological Significance and Possible Risks of Nonculturable Intestinal Bacteria in Water Systems
115
Last Insights into the Role of Aquaporins in the Alleviation of Osmotic Stress by Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis
139
External and Internal Spines in Plants Insert Pathogenic Microorganisms into Herbivores Tissues for Defense
155
The Structure and Stability of Microbial Communities in Metallophytic Grassland Soils that Have Been Subjected to Long Term Contamination by H...
169
Physiolgical Diversity in Widely Distributed Microzooplankton Digestion in the Ciliate Euplotes vannus
207
Polyfunctional SAS of Microbial Origin for Agriculture
221
Changes of Low Molecular Weight Organic Acids Soil Organic Matter Nitrogen Transformation and Microbial Populations in Rhizosphere and Bulk ...
231
Index
257
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