Microbial Ecology

Microbial Ecology : An Evolutionary Approach

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Based on the thesis that insights into both evolution and ecology can be obtained through the study of microorganismsm, Microbial Ecology examines microbiology through the lens of evolutionary ecology. Measured from a microbial perspective, this text covers such topics as optimal foraging, genome, reduction, novel evolutionary mechanisms, bacterial speciation, and r and K selection. Numerous aspects of microbial existence are also discussed and include: species competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism, microbial communication through quorum sensing and other. The result is a context for understanding microbes in nature and a framework for microbiologists working in industry, medicine, and the environment.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 182.9 x 261.6 x 22.9mm | 1,111.31g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • Approx. 100 illustrations; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0123694914
  • 9780123694911

Table of contents

SECTION I. Ecology and Evolution
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. Molecules and Origins of Life
Chapter 3. Species concepts and speciation

SECTION II. Ecology of Individuals
Chapter 4. The Individual
Chapter 5. Growth and Feeding
Chapter 6. Ecology of Sex

SECTION III. Living Together in Populations
Chapter 7. Fundamentals of microbial population ecology
Chapter 8. Metapopulations, Multicellularity, and Modular Growth
Chapter 9. Effects of Habitats, Genome Size, Diversity and Bacterial Communication on Population Processes
Chapter 10. Population Spatial Stability

SECTION IV. Living Together in Communities
Chapter 11. Characteristics of Communities and Diversity
Chapter 12. Concepts in Community Ecology
Chapter 13. Microbes and the Processing of Nutrients
Chapter 14. Species Interactions and Processes
Chapter 15: More Species Interactions

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"The author does an excellent job in describing fundamental concepts in evolutionary ecology and discussing how these concepts may apply to microorganisms in natural environments. It is unique in that it focuses on general ecological and evolutionary principles instead of rehashing information that could be found in current microbiology textbooks. This book would be most appropriate for readers that already have a solid background in microbiology and are interested in exploring the emerging field of microbial ecology." -- Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, in ECOLOGY

"Even medical microbiologists, who still isolate and study pathogens in pure culture, now, recognize that we can truly fathom microbial life only studying heterogeneous, evolving communities of microorganisms. Vaun McArthur set out to portray this wider reality, and has succeeded..." -- Bernard Dixon in BIOLOGIST
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"...an excellent job in describing fundamental concepts in evolutionary ecology...unique in that it focuses on general ecological and evolutionary principles."
- Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, in ECOLOGY

"Vaun McArthur...has succeeded uncommonly well."
- Bernard Dixon in BIOLOGIST
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About J. Vaun McArthur

Dr. J Vaun McArthur's research interests are quite diverse and span scales from ecological genetics to bacteria to ecosystem level studies with occasional forays into population and communicty ecology of invertebratesa nd microbes. His current emphasis is on the role of indirect selection in the spread of antibiotic resistance in aquatic (freshwater and marine) bacteria. He has taugh General Zoology, Biology, Ecology, Microbial Ecology, Microbiology, Environmental Science, and Limnology. He holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Institute of Ecology at UGA and the Department of Entomology at Clemson University.
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