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Introduction to Geomicrobiology

By: Kurt Konhauser

425 pages, 253 illus


Paperback | Sep 2006 | #153417 | ISBN: 0632054549
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Introduction to Geomicrobiology is a timely and comprehensive overview of how microbial life has affected Earth's environment through time. The book covers the following topics:

how microorganisms are classified, the physical constraints governing their growth, methods used to study their phylogenetic diversity, and life in extreme environments

microbial metabolic capabilities and major biogeochemical pathways

the chemical reactivity of the cell surface, metal sorption and the microbial role in contaminant transport and bioremediation/biorecovery

microbiological mineral formation and fossilisation

the function of microorganisms in mineral dissolution and oxidation and the industrial and environmental ramifications of these processes

the role of microorganisms in elemental cycling from biofilms to the ocean sedimentary column.

This text is well illustrated with clear, informative and well-described diagrams and some splendid electron micrographs with convincing evidence for mineral deposition by bacterial action. A good index and up-to-date references make this a book that undergraduates of any biological discipline could use as an introductory text that would be useful throughout their course.Times Higher Education Supplement "Introduction to Geomicrobiology is a thorough and informative overview of the subject and is comprehensively referenced throughout. It is aimed at undergraduates in the later stages of their courses and for whom it will be a valuable introduction to the subject, to graduate students in earth and biological sciences, and research scientists from a range of backgrounds. Dr Konhauser has done an excellent job in integrating the diverse aspects of geomicrobiology and making them accessible and interesting to such a wide range of readers."European Journal of Soil Science "The most comprehensive general book in geomicrobiology, showing the great advances made in geomicrobiology during the past few years ... Packed with information."Journal of Sedimentary Research "I would recommend this book to any upper undergraduate / graduate students who wish to study geomicrobiology, as well as to researchers in geomicrobiology who may find here either a nice way to fill possible gaps in their knowledge or a starting point for new research."Journal of Sedimentary Research


Preface 1. Microbial properties and diversity 2. Microbial metabolism 3. Cell surface reactivity and metal sorption 4. Biomineralization 5. Microbial weathering 6. Microbial zonation 7. Early microbial life References Index

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Kurt Konhauser is a Canada Research Chair in Geomicrobiology in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. He is also Editor-in-Chief for Geobiology. His current research interests include the role of bacteria in modern mineral precipitation, and how those same processes may have contributed to the preservation of early life forms and the formation of Precambrian banded iron formations.

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