David L. Kirchman
OUP Oxford; 2nd Edition
0198789416; 0198789408; 0192506471
9780198789413/ 9780198789406/ 9780192506474
The study of the relationships that exist between microorganisms in their natural settings, as well as the roles that these bacteria play in the dynamics of food webs, biogeochemical cycles, and the development of life, is known as microbial ecology. Microbes are perhaps the most abundant organisms in the biosphere, and they play a crucial role in the facilitation of many crucial processes that are involved in biogeochemical cycles and elemental cycles. Microbial ecology is an important science for understanding the role of the biosphere in global warming and the response of natural ecosystems to climate change. This is because microbes play important roles in the carbon cycle and the associated processes.
The second edition of Processes in Microbial Ecology (PDF) has undergone a comprehensive review; been reorganized; and been brought up to date, all while preserving its rapid and user-friendly nature. It highlights the significant processes that are carried out by microorganisms, such as viruses, fungi, bacteria, protozoa, and other protists, in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. These microbes include viruses, fungi, bacteria, and protozoa. The focus is on the biogeochemical processes that take place, beginning with the primary production and the first fixation of carbon into mobile biomass. This is done before learning how that carbon is destroyed in both oxygen-rich (oxic) and oxygen-poor (anoxic) situations. These activities are subsequently influenced by ecological interactions, such as competitors for restricted nutrients, virus lysis, and predation by a variety of protists found in aquatic habitats and soils. This book does a great job of linking processes that are happening on the micron size to events that are happening on the global scale. One example of this is the carbon cycle and its connection to climate change issues. One of the remaining chapters discusses symbiosis as well as the various connections that can exist between microorganisms and larger creatures. Not only do microbes have a significant impact on the cycles of biogeochemical reactions, but they also have a significant impact on the evolution and ecology of more complex forms of life, including humans.
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