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I. ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION. 1. Microbial Ecology: Historical Development. 2. Microbial Evolution and Biodiversity. II. POPULATION INTERACTIONS. 3. Interactions among Microbial Populations. 4. Interactions between Microorganisms and Plants. 5. Microbial Interactions with Animals. 6. Microbial Communities and Ecosystems. III. QUANTITATIVE AND HABITAT ECOLOGY. 7. Measurement of Microbial Numbers, Biomass, and Activities. 8. Effects of Abiotic Factors and Environmental Extremes on Microorganisms. 9. Microorganisms in Their Natural Habitats: Air, Water, and Soil Microbiology. IV. BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLING. 10. Biogeochemical Cycling: Carbon, Hydrogen, and Oxygen. 11. Biogeochemical Cycling: Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus, Iron, and Other Elements. V. BIOTECHNOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF MICROBIAL ECOLOGY. 12. Ecological Aspects of Biodeterioration Control: Soil, waste, and Water Management. 13. Microbial Interactions with Xenobiotic and Inorganic Pollutants. 14. Biodegradability Testing and Monitoring the Bioremediation of Xenobiotic Pollutants. 15. Microorganisms in Mineral and Energy Recovery and Fuel and Biomass Production. 16. Ecological Control of Pests and Disease-Causing Populations. Glossary.
For his lifelong work in bioremediation and in the application of molecular methods to microbial ecology, Dr. Ronald Atlas received the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) award in Applied and Environmental Sciences. He chairs the ASM's Public and Scientific Affairs Board Environment Committee and is frequently asked to advise the government on related matters. Dr. Atlas is also a professor of biology at the University of Louisville where he teaches undergraduate and graduate microbiology courses. Dr. Richard Bartha has conducted research for over 30 years on the environmental fate of manmade synthetic chemicals, on methods ofbiodegradability testing, and on the bioremediation of soil-, water-, andairborne pollutants. Dr. Bartha has authored or co-authored 150 scientificarticles in his outlined research field. As a professor at Rutgers University, he teaches courses on microbiological and ecological topics. He has been elected Fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Microbiology.