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Marine Microbiology: Ecology & Applicationsby Colin Munn
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Marine micro-organisms play a vital role in the maintenance of our planet, a fact which will have great bearing on our ability to respond to problems such as population increase, over-exploitation of fisheries, climate change and population. Powerful new tools, especially in molecular biology, remote sensing and deep-sea exploration, have led to astonishing discoveries of the abundance and diversity of marine microbial life and its role in global ecology.
New tools and an increased interest in ecological factors have caused an upsurge of interest in this field of study. The book aims to convey the fascinating discoveries and great importance of this fast moving discipline to the student. Marine Microbiology is divided into three sections: the first reviews the main features of the marine environment and key aspects of marine microbial life; the second looks at the role of marine microorganisms in ecology, and the final section considers some of the applications of this knowledge, looking into areas such as disease and biodegradation.
Book News Annotation:
Marine microbiology is only lightly covered in textbooks on marine biology or on microbiology, so Munn (marine science and engineering, U. of Plymouth, Britain) provides a focused textbook that can be used as a supplement in an upper-level or graduate course in one of those disciplines, or as a core text for a course on marine microbiology. Emphasizing links between the different aspects, he discusses such topics as microbes in the marine environment, the direct observation and enumeration of microbes, marine archaea, marine viruses, microbes in ocean carbon cycling, symbiotic associations, marine microbes as agents of human disease, and symbiotic associations. The 2003 first edition has been substantially revised to incorporate recent developments. Garland Science is an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Marine Microbiology brings together microbial biology and ecology to create an integrated approach that addresses environmental management, human health, and economic concerns. The Second Edition takes into account many new discoveries in the field including the role of microbes in ocean processes and nutrient cycles, the importance of viruses, the beneficial role of marine microbes in biotechnology, biofuels, metagenomics and synthetic biology, and new research on the impact of climate change and ocean acidification.
The first three sections review the main features of the marine environment and key aspects of marine microbial life; the second section examines the role of marine microorganisms in ecology; and the final section considers some of the applications of this knowledge in areas such as disease and biodegradation.
Marine Microbiology is ideally suited for upper level undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers.
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