The Mechanistic Benefits of Microbial Symbionts

  • Christon J. Hurst

Part of the Advances in Environmental Microbiology book series (AEM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Understanding the Basis of Symbiotic Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Re-Young Yu, William F. Martin
      Pages 3-11
  3. Associations Between Microbes

  4. Associations Between Microbes and Plants

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Barney A. Geddes, Ivan J. Oresnik
      Pages 69-97
  5. Associations Between Microbes and Animals

About this book


This volume summarizes recent advances in our understanding of the mechanisms that produce successful symbiotic partnerships involving microorganisms. It begins with a basic introduction to the nature of and mechanistic benefits derived from symbiotic associations. Taking that background knowledge as the starting point, the next sections include chapters that examine representative examples of coevolutionary associations that have developed between species of microbes, as well as associations between microbes and plants. The authors conclude with a section covering a broad range of associations between microbes and invertebrate animals, in which they discuss the spectrum of hosts, with examples ranging from bryozoans and corals to nematodes, arthropods, and cephalopods. Join the authors on this journey of understanding!


Microbial symbioses Symbiont-host relationships Symbiotic associations Diphtheria toxin production Corynebacterium diphtheriae Symbiobacterium Syntrophic growth Symbiotic nitrogen fixation Bacterial-nematode symbiosis Bacteria-insect mutualisms Aphid-bacterial defensive mutualism Symbiotic Streptomyces

Editors and affiliations

  • Christon J. Hurst
    • 1
  1. 1.CincinnatiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28066-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28068-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-3324
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-3332
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