Marine Microbiology: Ecology & Applications

Colin Munn

Garland Science
Published April 1, 2011
Textbook - 374 Pages
ISBN 9780815365174 - CAT# Y107823

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  • Provides an understanding of microbial biology and ecology with consideration of the applications for environmental management, human welfare, health, and economic activity in the marine environment.
  • Comprehensively updated throughout with new features, format, and layout.
  • Includes new ‘Research Focus’ boxes which explore in detail topical areas of investigation.
  • Integrates ‘Information’ boxes and ‘Question’ boxes throughout the text which encourages the reader to think about an important issue where knowledge is incomplete or there are differences of opinion.


Marine Microbiology brings together microbial biology and ecology to create an integrated approach that addresses environmental management, human health, and economic concerns. The Second Edition takes into account many new discoveries in the field including the role of microbes in ocean processes and nutrient cycles, the importance of viruses, the beneficial role of marine microbes in biotechnology, biofuels, metagenomics and synthetic biology, and new research on the impact of climate change and ocean acidification.

The first three sections review the main features of the marine environment and key aspects of marine microbial life; the second section examines the role of marine microorganisms in ecology; and the final section considers some of the applications of this knowledge in areas such as disease and biodegradation.

Marine Microbiology is ideally suited for upper level undergraduate and graduate students, and researchers.


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