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This book series addresses the questions of which microbes, microbial genes and gene products are present at particular places and times, as well as the environmental transport and survival capabilities of microbes. The authors define the ways in which microorganisms interact chemically as well as physically with their surroundings, including microbial actions that change our planet's geochemistry. Advances in Environmental Microbiology facilitates an understanding of how microbes have contributed towards coevolutionary processes and addresses microbial contributions to the successional colonization of environmental locations. The explorations of topics include a microbiological perspective of public health, animal husbandry and agricultural issues, including consideration of the fact that infectious diseases are often either acquired from environmental reservoirs or transmitted through the environment, plus an explanation of how microbial establishment either on or within a host results in transformation of the colonization site into a microbially modified environment. Advances in Environmental Microbiology also will include both microbial pest control and microbial diversity, along with insights into industrial production processes that are connected to environmental microbiology.