Microbial Communities in Coastal Sediments - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128151655

Microbial Communities in Coastal Sediments

1st Edition

Structure and Functions

Authors: Salom Thanga
Paperback ISBN: 9780128151655
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st January 2020
Page Count: 500
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Description

Coastal Sediment Microbiology: Structure and Functions presents research gained on coastal microbiology over the past two decades. The book starts by covering the source of the organic matter, which is found to design sediment microbial communities, and goes on to consider the quality of this matter with regards to degradation in coastal sediment. After this, the author explores the human induced changes in coastal ecosystems, and the influence of anthropogenic activities on coastal ecosystems. The second half of the book focuses on the availability of nutrients, source of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the sediment and the sequencing of microbial structures and functions when using molecular tools.

Despite the years of research, this is the first book to focus purely on coastal microbes in coastal ecosystems. As such, it is for gaining a better understanding of the diversity and functions of different types of microbes in coastal ecosystems across the globe. Coastal Sediment Microbiology: Structure outlines the microbial community structure in marine sediments while also elaborating on the methods of assessment of the microbial community, making it of great relevance to aquatic microbiologists, marine ecologists, marine microbiologists, aquatic researchers and scientists alike.

Key Features

  • Presents data on physico-chemical and biological features of coastal ecosystems and microbial community composition, allowing researchers to compare their data with pre-existing data
  • Includes unique figures, schematic diagrams and photographs related to microbial processes of coastal ecosystem, providing a clear representation on the different aspects of microbial structure and functions
  • Provides analytical methods and detailed molecular techniques for qualitative and quantitative analyses of microbial community structure, enabling scientists and students to follow the protocols provided in the book for assessment in their own research

Readership

Aquatic Microbiologists, Marine Ecologists, Marine Microbiologists, Aquatic researchers and scientists. Scientists at pharmaceutical and biotech companies

Table of Contents

  1. Source and composition of organic matter and its role in designing sediment microbial communities
    2. Anthropogenic impacts on the source and types of nutrients in coastal ecosystems
    3. Environmental variables and factors regulating microbial activity structure and function
    4. Biogeocycling of nutrients (C, N,P, S, Fe) and implications on green house gas emissions
    5. Role of microbes in biodegradation and biotransformation of persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
    6. Assessment of microbial structure and function using molecular tools

Details

No. of pages:
500
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Elsevier 2020
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier
Paperback ISBN:
9780128151655

About the Author

Salom Thanga

Dr. Salom Gnana Thanga completed her Ph.D in Environmental Sciences at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore in 1997. Her vast experience includes being a senior research fellow of DST, and work on a Government of India funded project working as a Research Associate on the beneficial microbes transported by earthworms. Between 2001 and 2005, Dr. Thanga worked at the University of Kerala as a Lecturer, Assistant Professor and Head Reader, and at the present time, works as Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kerala. Her broad area of specialization is Environmental Microbiology, and specific areas include anaerobic microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry, and microbial degradation of pesticides. She is the principal investigator of five major research projects funded by University Grants Commission, Department of Environment and Climate Change and Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. She has published 35 research papers in International and National journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Kerala, Kerala, India

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