The Use of Microcosms for Evaluation of Interactions between Pollutants and Microorganisms

  • P. H. Pritchard
  • A. W. Bourquin
Part of the Advances in Microbial Ecology book series (AMIE, volume 7)


Experimental studies of the interactions within microbial communities have been a standard banner of microbial ecologists for many years. Their emphasis has been to bridge the gap between pure culture studies in the laboratory and field observations in natural ecosystems. Concern over the long-term effects of pollution on ecosystem processes has continuously challenged existing knowledge about the types, rates, and extents of these interactions, including their resistance and resilience to a large array of man-made perturbations.


Microbial Community Methyl Parathion Kinetic Expression Microcosm Study Field Calibration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. H. Pritchard
    • 1
  • A. W. Bourquin
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Research LaboratoryU.S. Environmental Protection AgencyGulf BreezeUSA

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