Microbial Ecology of the Human Skin

  • W. C. Noble
  • D. G. Pitcher
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 2)


From a microbial viewpoint the human skin must constitute a poor environment on which to live and reproduce. It is subject to periodic flooding followed by comparatively long periods of drought, it may be exposed to UV light in sunshine, its nutrient exudates may also contain toxic substances, and there may be “pollution” in the form of specific antibacterial compounds, perfumes, or heavy metals derived from other environmental sources. Finally, the physical environment is in a continual state of erosion. Yet almost the whole skin surface is colonized by microorganisms, sometimes in large numbers.


Human Skin Stratum Corneum Skin Surface Sebaceous Gland Phage Typing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. C. Noble
    • 1
  • D. G. Pitcher
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BacteriologyInstitute of Dermatology, Homerton GroveLondonUK

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