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Microbial Diversity offers the first comprehensive, in-depth treatment of microbial diversity for undergraduate and graduate students. Using a global approach, it illustrates the impact of microorganisms on ecological and earth system phenomena. Beginning with a detailed treatment of key concepts and methods, including the nature of microbial species, and the use of microscopic, culture, molecular and phylogenetic systematic methods, it then focuses on environmental evolution, biochemical cycling and species interactions.

  • Uses key ecological and global phenomena to show the continuity of microbial contribution.
  • Illustrates the importance of microbial diversity for the understanding of global physiochemical and biological processes.
  • Presents analyses of microscopic, culture, molecular, and phylogenetic systematic methods.
  • Shows the relevance of microbial diversity to global environmental problems, such as climate change and ozone depletion.
  • Includes numerous illustrations, including over 60 4-color photographs of microbes.
  • Presents recent advances in this growing field connecting diversity with ecology and evolution.