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Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology

  • Kenneth N. Timmis


  • First comprehensive overview of microbial interactions with the major forms of hydrocarbons, oils, and lipids in or entering the biosphere

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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

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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