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Microbes: The Foundation Stone of the Biosphere

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Lingua: Inglese


Pubblicazione: 05/2021
Edizione: 1st ed. 2021


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.


Part I: Recognizing the Role of Microorganisms in our World


Chapter 1: Our living world rests upon a foundation of microorganisms: the constant struggle for habitat and niche

Author:  Christon J. Hurst ^


Chapter 2: Darwin’s Science’s Impact on the Evolution of the Microbiological Sciences

Author: Kenneth M. Noll ^


Chapter 3: Microbes and marine sediments: a life-long relationship on Earth’s Biosphere

Author: Jerónimo Pan ^


Chapter 4: The Democracy of Dirt: relating Micro-scale dynamics to macro-scale ecosystem function

Author: Joshua Schimel ^


Part II: Microbial life persists within even the most extreme environments


Chapter 5: The concept of evanescent microbial ecosystems in Earth’s atmosphere

Author: Dale Warren Griffin ^


Chapter 6: When the vital signs of microbial life go cold, does that mean the pulse is gone?  Microbial life persists at the limits of cryoenvironments on Earth

Author: Jacqueline Marie Goordial ^


Chapter 7: Lithotrophic (“Stone Eating”) Microbes Provide the Foundation for Deep Subsurface Ecosystems

Author:  Thomas L. Kieft ^




Part III: Understanding the core values of microbial metabolism


Chapter 8: Miraculous fixation of molecular nitrogen from the atmosphere

Author: Vladimír Klaban ^



Chapter 9: Mutagens, radicals, rocket fuel and laughing gas - stringing metabolic modules to survive on nitrogenous poisons

Authors: Martin G. Klotz and Lisa Y. Stein ^



Chapter 10: The grand microbial variety show

Author: Aharon Oren ^




Part IV: Microbes established and sustain life


Chapter 11: Microbes’ many roles in climate change: contribution, consequence, mitigation, and model system

Author: Sanghoon Kang ^



Chapter 12: The Revolutionary Potential of the Hidden Half of Nature in Agriculture and Medicine

Author: David R. Montgomery ^



Chapter 13: Microscale Carbon Cycling Between Bacteria and Algae Under the Sun

Author: Xavier Mayali ^


Part V: The basic aspects of microbial symbioses


Chapter 14: Discovering the Symbiotic Nature of Microbial Life: Summarizing Milestone Publications from 1866 through 1947

Author: Christon J. Hurst ^


Chapter 15: Microscopic World and the Phenomenon of Symbiosis in the Natural Environment

Author: Vladimír Klaban ^





Chapter 16: Symbiosis in a rapidly changing world

Authors: Kerry M. Oliver and Clesson H. V. Higashi


Chapter 17: Diversity-function relationships and the underlying ecological mechanisms in host-associated microbial communities

Author: Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler ^



Chapter 18: Darwinian medicine: we evolved to require continuing contact with the microbiota of the natural environment. Evolution turns the inevitable into a necessity

Author: Graham A. W. Rook ^t;


Chapter 19: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Enzyme ACC Deaminase

Authors: Shimaila Ali and Bernard R. Glick ^






Chapter 20: The diazotroph as an endophyte and how a diazotroph interacts with its plant host

Author: Se-Chul Chun ^<^


Chapter 21: The Hologenome Hypothesis and its Application to Plant-Microbe Interactions on an Evolutionary Scale

Authors: Saber Kouas, Noor Khan, and Ann M. Hirsch ^&^<^


Chapter 22: Beneficial role of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria in bioremediation of heavy metal(loid) contaminated agricultural fields

Authors: Krishnendu Pramanik, Sandipan Banerjee, Debosmita Mukherjee, Kunal Kumar Saha, Tushar Kanti Maiti, Narayan Chandra Mandal ^





Chapter 23: Defensive microbiomes: a widespread phenomenon in nature

Author: Sarah Worsley ^


Chapter 24: Coevolution of molluscs and their microbes

Authors: Aide Lasa and Jesús L. Romalde ;





Chapter 25: Invisible interactions between microorganisms

Author: Kenji Ueda



Christon J. Hurst

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA 


Universidad del Valle, Santiago de Cali, Valle Colombia

Altre Informazioni



Condizione: Nuovo
Collana: Advances in Environmental Microbiology
Dimensioni: 235 x 155 mm Ø 1220 gr
Formato: Copertina rigida
Illustration Notes:34 Illustrations, black and white
Pagine Arabe: 685
Pagine Romane: xx

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