About this book
Microbial ecology has come of age. A long history of exploratory research and problem definition is admittedly behind us, and outstanding scientists from many regions of the world have contributed major findings to the development of the discipline. The early literature is indeed vast and impressive, yet it is still fair to say that the field is just beginning to develop in a mature fashion. The major microbial habitats and the chief inhabitants have been delineated and are only now being adequately explored; the processes that are brought about by the microscopic residents are at the present time being investigated in definitive ways; new concepts are being formulated; and novel, exciting, and useful techniques have been devised. In recognition of the emergence of microbial ecology as a rapidly growing and independent discipline, the International Commission on Microbial Ecology-a unit of the International Association of Micro biological Societies and the Division of Environmental Biology of the Inter national Union of Biological Societies-has established the Advances in Microbial Ecology and has appointed an editor and editorial board for the series. The purposes of this review series are to present in one group of volumes an overview of the information that is now spread in an enormous array of technical journals, to have authors in various areas of microbial ecology summarize and present views in depth of their own specialties, and to help promote the continued growth of microbial ecology.
biology development ecology environment growth microbial ecology