Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brian A. Whitton, Malcolm Potts
    Pages 1-13
  3. J. William Schopf
    Pages 15-36
  4. Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. David M. Ward, Richard W. Castenholz, Scott R. Miller
      Pages 39-63
    3. Lucas J. Stal
      Pages 65-125
    4. Hans W. Paerl
      Pages 127-153
    5. Roderick L. Oliver, David P. Hamilton, Justin D. Brookes, George G. Ganf
      Pages 155-194
    6. Lenka Šejnohová, Blahoslav Maršálek
      Pages 195-228
    7. Cristiana Callieri, Gertrud Cronberg, John G. Stockner
      Pages 229-269
    8. J. Thad Scott, Amy M. Marcarelli
      Pages 271-289
    9. Allan Pentecost, Brian A. Whitton
      Pages 291-316
    10. Patrizia Albertano
      Pages 317-343
    11. Chunxiang Hu, Kunshan Gao, Brian A. Whitton
      Pages 345-369
    12. Warwick F. Vincent, Antonio Quesada
      Pages 371-385
    13. Antonio Quesada, Warwick F. Vincent
      Pages 387-399
    14. Aharon Oren
      Pages 401-426
    15. Roda Fahad Al-Thani, Malcolm Potts
      Pages 427-440
  5. Physiological Ecology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 441-441
    2. John A. Raven
      Pages 443-460

About this book

Introduction

Cyanobacteria have existed for 3.5 billion years, yet they are still the most important photosynthetic organisms on the planet for cycling carbon and nitrogen.  The ecosystems where they have key roles range from the warmer oceans to many Antarctic sites.  They also include dense nuisance growths in nutrient-rich lakes and nitrogen-fixers which aid the fertility of rice-fields and many soils, especially the biological soil crusts of arid regions.   Molecular biology has in recent years provided major advances in our understanding of cyanobacterial ecology.  Perhaps for more than any other group of organisms, it is possible to see how the ecology, physiology, biochemistry, ultrastructure and molecular biology interact.  This all helps to deal with practical problems such as the control of nuisance blooms and the use of cyanobacterial inocula to manage semi-desert soils.  Large-scale culture of several organisms, especially "Spirulina" (Arthrospira), for health food and specialist products is increasingly being expanded for a much wider range of uses.   In view of their probable contribution to past oil deposits, much attention is currently focused on their potential as a source of biofuel.

Please visit http://extras.springer.com/ to view Extra Materials belonging to this volume.

This book complements the highly successful Ecology of Cyanobacteria and integrates the discoveries of the past twelve years with the older literature.

Keywords

Cyanobacteria Cyanobacterial ecology Cyanobacterial research

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian A. Whitton
    • 1
  1. 1., School of Biological & Biomedical SciencDurham University, UKDurhamUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-3855-3
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-3854-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-3855-3
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