Intestinal Microorganisms of Termites and Other Invertebrates

  • Helmut König
  • Ajit Varma

Part of the Soil Biology book series (SOILBIOL, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIV
  2. Soil Invertebrates

    1. G. Eisenbeis
      Pages 3-53
    2. David J. Clarke, Leo Eberl
      Pages 55-64
    3. Boris A. Byzov
      Pages 89-114
    4. Rok Kostanjšek, Jasna Štrus, Aleš Lapanje, Gorazd Avguštin, Maja Rupnik, Damjana Drobne
      Pages 115-131
    5. Christoph C. Tebbe, Alice B. Czarnetzki, Torsten Thimm
      Pages 133-153
    6. Johannes H. P. Hackstein, Theo A. van Alen, Jörg Rosenberg
      Pages 155-180
  3. Termites as Model Organisms

    1. David E. Bignell
      Pages 183-220
    2. Li Li, Jürgen Fröhlich, Helmut König
      Pages 221-241
    3. G. Brugerolle, R. Radek
      Pages 243-269
    4. Helmut König, Jürgen Fröhlich, Horst Hertel
      Pages 271-301
    5. Moriya Ohkuma, Yuichi Hongoh, Toshiaki Kudo
      Pages 303-317
    6. Hansjörg Prillinger, Helmut König
      Pages 319-334
    7. Corinne Rouland-Lefèvre, Tetsushi Inoue, Toru Johjima
      Pages 335-350
    8. Rina Kumari, Minu Sachdev, Ram Prasad, Amar P. Garg, Shweta Sharma, Pham Huong Giang et al.
      Pages 351-372
  4. Modern Methods for Studying Intestinal Methods

    1. Jürgen Fröhlich, Helmut König
      Pages 425-437
    2. Michael Schmid, Draženka Selesi, Michael Rothballer, Michael Schloter, Natuschka Lee, Ellen Kandeler et al.
      Pages 439-461
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 475-483

About this book


Soil microorganisms play a major role in the degradation and recycling of organic material. Microbes are involved in the food web and strongly contribute to soil fertility. In the past, attention was mainly directed towards free-living or particle-bound microorganisms, while the role of intestinal microbes of soil animals has been neglected.

For the first time, "Intestinal Microorganisms of Termites and Other Invertebrates" focuses on the microbes in gut systems of soil animals. It starts with a profound overview of the biology of soil invertebrates. A major part deals with the gut microbiota of termites, the best investigated gut system of invertebrates. Termites are important soil processors in tropical and subtropical regions. Insight is given into the intestinal microbiota of further relevant primary litter decomposers, such as earthworms, springtails, millipeds, and woodlice. Novel techniques for studying intestinal microbes complete the volume.


Cellulose Digestion Gut Microbiota Intestinal Habitats Soil Invertebrates Termites microbe microorganism recycling soil

Editors and affiliations

  • Helmut König
    • 1
  • Ajit Varma
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Microbiology and Wine ResearchJohannes Gutenberg UniversityMainzGermany
  2. 2.Amity School of Herbal and Microbial Studies Sector 125NoidaIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-28180-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-28185-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1613-3382
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