Microbes : the foundation stone of the biosphere /

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Imprint:Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2021]
Description:1 online resource.
Series:Advances in environmental microbiology ; volume 8
Advances in environmental microbiology ; v. 8.
Format: E-Resource Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/12612692
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Other authors / contributors:Hurst, Christon J. (Christon James), 1954- editor.
Notes:Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 12, 2021).
Summary:This collection of essays discusses fascinating aspects of the concept that microbes are at the root of all ecosystems. The content is divided into seven parts, the first of those emphasizes that microbes not only were the starting point, but sustain the rest of the biosphere and shows how life evolves through a perpetual struggle for habitats and niches. Part II explains the ways in which microbial life persists in some of the most extreme environments, while Part III presents our understanding of the core aspects of microbial metabolism. Part IV examines the duality of the microbial world, acknowledging that life exists as a balance between certain processes that we perceive as being environmentally supportive and others that seem environmentally destructive. In turn, Part V discusses basic aspects of microbial symbioses, including interactions with other microorganisms, plants and animals. The concept of microbial symbiosis as a driving force in evolution is covered in Part VI. In closing, Part VII explores the adventure of microbiological research, including some reminiscences from and perspectives on the lives and careers of microbe hunters. Given its mixture of science and philosophy, the book will appeal to scientists and advanced students of microbiology, evolution and ecology alike.
Other form:Print version: 9783030635114
Standard no.:10.1007/978-3-030-63512-1