Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xcii
  2. Hydrocarbons, Oils and Lipids: Diversity,Properties and Formation

  3. Formation and Location

  4. Transfer from the Geosphere to Biosphere

    1. E. Suess
      Pages 185-203
    2. H. Niemann, A. Boetius
      Pages 205-214
    3. C. Gertler, M. M. Yakimov, M. C. Malpass, P. N. Golyshin
      Pages 243-256
    4. C. Gertler, M. M. Yakimov, M. C. Malpass, P. N. Golyshin
      Pages 257-265
  5. Environmental Chemistry

    1. L. Schwark
      Pages 279-295
    2. J. Schwarzbauer
      Pages 297-317
  6. Biochemistry of Biogenesis

    1. M. J. McInerney, T. Hoehler, R. P. Gunsalus, B. Schink
      Pages 319-335
    2. J. R. Sieber, M. J. McInerney, C. M. Plugge, B. Schink, R. P. Gunsalus
      Pages 337-355
    3. I. M. López-Lara, O. Geiger
      Pages 385-393
    4. O. Geiger, C. Sohlenkamp, I. M. López-Lara
      Pages 395-407
    5. R. E. Bishop
      Pages 409-416
    6. H. Goldfine
      Pages 417-424
    7. J. H. Lakey, G. Anderluh
      Pages 425-433
    8. A. Miyanaga, S. Horinouchi
      Pages 445-450
    9. J.-F. Rontani
      Pages 459-470
  7. Genetics of Biogenesis

    1. M. Rother
      Pages 481-499
    2. B. Lupa
      Pages 501-508
    3. M. A. Martinez, G. E. Schujman, H. C. Gramajo, D. de Mendoza*
      Pages 509-517
  8. The Microbes (Section Editor: Terry McGenity)

    1. Y. Liu
      Pages 547-558
    2. Y. Liu
      Pages 559-571
    3. Y. Liu
      Pages 573-581
    4. Y. Liu
      Pages 583-593
    5. Y. Liu
      Pages 595-604
    6. Y. Liu
      Pages 605-607
    7. L. P. Wackett
      Pages 609-613
  9. Methanogenic Communities

    1. O. R. Kotsyurbenko
      Pages 615-624

About this book


"Water is life!" All active cellular systems require water as the medium and solvent of their metabolic activities. Hydrophobic compounds and structures, which tend to exclude water, though providing inter alia excellent sources of energy and a means of biological compartmentalization, present problems of cellular handling, poor bioavailability and, in some cases, toxicity. Microbes both synthesize and exploit a vast range of hydrophobic organics, especially petroleum oil hydrocarbons and industrial pollutants, and the underlying interactions not only have major consequences for the lifestyles of the microbes involved, but also for biogeochemistry, climate change, environmental pollution, human health and a range of biotechnological applications. The aim of this handbook is to be the definitive resource of current knowledge on the diverse and multifaceted aspects of these interactions, the microbial players, and the physiological mechanisms and adaptive strategies characteristic of the microbial lifestyle that plays out at hydrophobic material: aqueous liquid interfaces.


Biofuels Bioremediation Biosynthesis and Degradation Ecophysiology Experimental Protocols Food Microbiology Microbes Oil Petroleum Toxicology

Editors and affiliations

  • Kenneth N. Timmis
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Microbiology LaboratoryHelmholtz Centre for Infection ResearchBraunschweigGermany

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