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A detailed natural history of oxygen-free environments and their microbial inhabitants. The first life on Earth evolved in anoxic conditions, and these conditions still exist on the planet. The authors describe the forces governing life in these environments, and discuss the ecological and evolutionary significance of the arrival of oxygen in the Proterozoic.
Introduction; 1. Anaerobic environments; 2. Anaerobic prokaryotes: competition and syntrophy; 3. Anaerobic eukaryotes: phagotrophy and food chains; 4. The structure of anaerobic communities; 5. Interactions with the oxic world; References; Subject index
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276 pages, B/w photos, illus, figs, tabs
"Tom Fenchel and Bland J. Finlay provide a valuable and timely introduction to anoxic life in Ecology and Evolution in Anoxic Worlds . . . . This book presents a comprehensive view of anoxic life on our planet . . . . Fenchel and Finlay have produced a bool unique in its coverage of anoxic life. The combination of topics covered and the depth of the analysis is unmatched. Given the rate at which this field is moving, Ecology and Evolution in Anoxic Worlds should attract a wide and diverse readership and contribute to our increasing awareness of the richness and complexity of life without oxygen."--BioScience
"Researchers interested in the obscure world of low oxygen will be delighted to learn that two outstanding scholars have collaborated to present this breathtaking new synthesis . . . . The authors have been quite successful in linking together disparate ecological and metabolic systems ranging from deep, black sulfury muds to gaseous systems of ruminant animals . . . . Throu