The Marine Microbiome

An Untapped Source of Biodiversity and Biotechnological Potential

  • Lucas J. Stal
  • Mariana Silvia Cretoiu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Diversity and Ecology of Marine Microorganisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jörg Overmann, Cendrella Lepleux
      Pages 21-55
    3. Wolfgang R. Hess, Laurence Garczarek, Ulrike Pfreundt, Frédéric Partensky
      Pages 57-97
    4. Vanessa Rédou, Marine Vallet, Laurence Meslet-Cladière, Abhishek Kumar, Ka-Lai Pang, Yves-François Pouchus et al.
      Pages 99-153
    5. Corina P.D. Brussaard, Anne-Claire Baudoux, Francisco Rodríguez-Valera
      Pages 155-183
  3. Marine Habitats, Their Inhabitants, Ecology and Biogeochemical Cycles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Viggó Þór Marteinsson, René Groben, Eyjólfur Reynisson, Pauline Vannier
      Pages 187-207
    3. Lucas J. Stal
      Pages 209-225
    4. Mohamed Jebbar, Pauline Vannier, Grégoire Michoud, Viggó Thór Marteinsson
      Pages 227-249
    5. Francesca Mapelli, Elena Crotti, Francesco Molinari, Daniele Daffonchio, Sara Borin
      Pages 251-282
    6. Fabrice Not, Ian Probert, Catherine Gerikas Ribeiro, Klervi Crenn, Laure Guillou, Christian Jeanthon et al.
      Pages 305-332
  4. Marine Resources—The Hidden Treasure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 333-333
    2. Sonia Giubergia, Carmen Schleissner, Fernando de la Calle, Alexander Pretsch, Dagmar Pretsch, Lone Gram et al.
      Pages 345-376
    3. F. Jerry Reen, Alan D. W. Dobson, Fergal O’Gara
      Pages 377-400
    4. Stéphane L’Haridon, Gerard H. Markx, Colin J. Ingham, Lynn Paterson, Frederique Duthoit, Gwenaelle Le Blay
      Pages 401-434
    5. Laura E. Lallier, Arianna Broggiato, Dominic Muyldermans, Thomas Vanagt
      Pages 453-472
    6. Marieke Reuver, Georgia Bayliss-Brown, Tanja Calis, Pamela Cardillo, Cliona Ní Cheallachaín, Niamh Dornan
      Pages 473-498

About this book


This book describes the state-of-the-art concerning the ‘marine microbiome’ and its uses in biotechnology. The first part discusses the diversity and ecology of marine microorganisms and viruses, including all three domains of life: Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukarya. It discusses whether marine microorganisms exist and, if so, why they might be unique. The second part presents selected marine habitats, their inhabitants and how they influence biogeochemical cycles, while the third discusses the utilization of marine microbial resources, including legal aspects, dissemination, and public awareness.
The marine microbiome is the total of microorganisms and viruses in the ocean and seas and in any connected environment, including the seafloor and marine animals and plants. The diversity of microbial life remains unquantified and largely unknown, and could represent a hidden treasure for human society. Accordingly, this book is also intended to connect academics and industry, providing essential information for microbiologists from both fields. 


Blue biotechnology Marine habitats Marine microbes Marine resources Metagenomics Microbial diversity Microbial ecology Marine microorganisms Marine Bacteria Marine Archaea Phototrophic microorganisms Marne fungi Marine viruses Biogeochemical cycles Extreme marine environments Deep sea Marine pelagic environments Microbial networks Marine bioactives

Editors and affiliations

  • Lucas J. Stal
    • 1
  • Mariana Silvia Cretoiu
    • 2
  1. 1.Royal Neth. Inst. f. Sea Res.University of AmsterdamYersekeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Royal Neth. Inst. f. Sea ResearchUniversity of AmsterdamYersekeThe Netherlands

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