Environmental Microbiology

  • W. D. Grant
  • P. E. Long

Part of the Tertiary Level Biology book series (TLB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Introduction The Significance of Microorganisms in the Environment

  3. Habitats

    1. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 5-34
    2. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 35-50
    3. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 51-67
    4. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 68-95
  4. Microorganisms as Environmental Determinants

    1. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 97-126
    2. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 127-146
    3. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 147-177
  5. Microorganisms and Pollution

    1. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 179-192
    2. W. D. Grant, P. E. Long
      Pages 193-206
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-215

About this book


The nature and scope of the text The environment in which we live has to a large extent been determined by the activities of innumerable organisms interacting with each other and with their immediate surroundings. From the point of view of the microbiologist, it is obvious that microbial activity has a great part to play in the continuing maintenance of conditions suitable for other forms of life on this planet. There has therefore always been an awareness of the need for a good understanding of how microorganisms react in the environ­ ment, and this has been heightened from time to time as detrimental microbial activities become evident under certain conditions. The need for a good understanding has recently assumed a new importance as the era of microbial manipulation dawns-microbiology has always been a practical discipline, and the possibilities of beneficial modification on a global scale may be within our grasp. The growing interest in environmental microbiology can be gauged from the increase in relevant undergraduate teaching. However, one of the most serious problems confronting the student is the dearth of appropriate texts. In part this is a reflection of the plethora of potential subject matter. The study of the relationships of microorganisms with each other and with their environments-"microbial ecology" -constitutes a subject area which is far from precisely circumscribed, and each researcher or teacher has his own personal notion of which topics are appropriate.


Planet biological biology carbon ecology environment iron microbial ecology microbiology microorganism nitrogen pollution soil

Authors and affiliations

  • W. D. Grant
    • 1
  • P. E. Long
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LeicesterUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-8537-4
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-216-91152-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-8537-4
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