Lakes of Africa

Lakes of Africa

Microbial Diversity and Sustainability

1st Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Editors: Mostafa El-Sheekh, Hosam Elsaied
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323955270

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Lakes of Africa: Microbial Diversity and Sustainability consists of 17 Chapters, forming four sections, which cover microbial ecosystems inhabiting African lakes. The first section includes background chapters, describing the history and formation of African lakes. The second section includes chapters that describe how environmental stressors, including seasonal variations, climate changes and anthropogenic activities affect microbial ecosystem dynamics in African lakes and the microbial responses to these stressors. The third section includes chapters that deal with exploring and evaluating of extremophiles in desert and harsh African lakes, and how to benefit from these microbes in the term of industrial biotechnology. Finally, the fourth section concludes by highlighting challenges facing the microbial ecology in African lakes and designing of models for solving these problems and prediction of the future of Lake microbial ecosystem succession and sustainability. Lakes of Africa covers all investigations and questions concerning challenges facing sustainability of ecosystems in African lakes. It is written for students and researchers in the fields of aquatic ecology and microbiology.

Key Features

  • Includes unique case studies on both African lakes and brine lakes providing real life examples of the topics discussed
  • Each chapter begins with an introduction to the subject covered, providing a foundational background to the topic
  • Presents definitions throughout, whenever a new term is introduced, for a seamless reading experience and background information


Aquatic Ecologists- especially Freshwater Ecologists, Microbiologists at graduate level and above Grad students and above interested in the genomics and biotechnology of African Lakes, and lakes generally. General Environmental scientists

Table of Contents

  • 1. History and formation of African lakes
    2. Microbes and sustainability of African Lake
    3. Exploring and phylogenetic characterization of microbial communities in African lakes.
    4. Genomics of microbial communities in African Lakes
    5. Microbial ecosystem dynamics and seasonal changes in African lakes
    6. Microbial ecosystem and climate changes in African lakes
    7. Geomicrobiology of African Lakes
    8. Phytoplankton assemblage of African lakes
    9. Prokaryotic communities in African lakes and water quality
    10. Microbes and pollution in African lakes
    11. Plankton and fish nutrition in African Lakes
    12. Microbial community and Fish diseases in African lakes
    13. Microbiology and microbial ecology of African desert lakes
    14. Extremophiles in African brine lakes
    15. African lakes as natural resources for microbial biotechnology
    16. Problems and Challenges in microbial ecology of African lakes
    17. Microbial modelling in African Lakes

Product details

  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323955270

About the Editors

Mostafa El-Sheekh

Mostafa El-Sheekh is Professor of Phycology at Tanta University, Egypt. He has nearly 35 years of experience in the research and teaching in the field of algae, microbiology and its applications. Dr. El-Sheekh served as the Dean and Vice Dean Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt and Cultural counselor in Egyptian Embassy in Yemen and Uzbekistan. He holds a Ph.D. in Phycology from Tanta University and Göttingen University, Germany as Chanel System fellowship. He is the recipient of fellowships in Hungary, India, Sweden, Czech Republic, and Japan. He is the author of more than 160 papers and, 7 book chapters, and 2 books. He also serves as editorial member and reviewer for more than 60 peer reviewed journals. He has published many papers on the production of biodiesel, ethanol and hydrogen from algae. He has also 2 book chapters on biodiesel production from microalgae and one book on renewable energy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Phycology, Botany Department, Faculty of Science, Tanta University, Egypt

Hosam Elsaied

Professor Elsaied is the chair of Genetics and Genetic Engineering department at National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, NIOF, Egypt. Dr Elsaied has developed a patent of gene screening system for collection of microbial adaptive genes to several aquatic environmental stresses such as pollution, etc. In 2015-2018 Dr Elsaied had a project from Egypt Science and Technology Developing Fund, STDF, for mass production of genetically engineered planktons, useful for several industrial applications. Currently, Dr Elsaied is preparing the Blue Gene Bank of Egypt, BGBE, for genome analyses and germplasm preservation of Egyptian aquatic biota. Dr Elsaied has published in numerous journals,he participated in more than 50 conferences, and co-authored two books. He is among editorial board members of several journals, such as Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Research, EJAR, a member of International Society of Marine Biotechnology, International society of aquaculture.

Affiliations and Expertise

Blue Metagenome and Gene Biotechnology, National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Egypt

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