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Introduction to bacteria and their ecobiology

Author: Raymond Nicholas Doetsch; Thomas Melbourne Cook
Publisher: Lancaster : Medical and Technical Pub. Co., 1973.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Nicholas Doetsch; Thomas Melbourne Cook
ISBN: 085200057X 9780852000571
OCLC Number: 16251661
Notes: Originally published, Baltimore: University Park Press, 1973.
Includes index.
Description: ix, 371 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: one Bacteria in Nature.- 1.1 The Origin of Bacteria.- 1.2 The Uncertainty of Knowledge Concerning Bacteria.- 1.3 Some Methods for Studying Bacteria in Natural Habitats.- 1.4 Functions of Bacteria in Nature.- References.- two Some General Structural Features of Bacteria.- 2.1 Bacteria as Prokaryotic Forms.- 2.2 Bacterial Shapes and Some Consequences of Their Being Very Small.- 2.3 Capsules.- 2.4 Pili.- 2.5 Flagella and Bacterial Behavior.- 2.6 Cell Walls.- 2.7 The Cytoplasmic Membrane and Its Ramifications.- 2.8 The Nucleus.- 2.9 Ribosomes.- 2.10 Endospores, Cysts, Conidia, and Myxospores..- 2.11 Cytoplasmic Inclusions.- 2.12 Rhapidosomes.- 2.13 Colony Formation.- 2.14 Gross Chemical Composition of Bacteria.- References.- three Heterogeneity of Form and Function.- 3.1 Budding Bacteria.- 3.2 Stalked Bacteria.- 3.3 Ribbon-Forming Bacteria.- 3.4 Fruiting Bacteria.- 3.5 Net-Forming Bacteria.- 3.6 Thiothrix, Leucothrix, and Some "Gliders".- 3.7 Sphaerotilus and Leptothrix.- 3.8 Filamentous Branching Bacteria.- 3.9 Cell Wall-less Bacteria.- 3.10 Flexible, Helical Bacteria.- 3.11 Blue-Green Algae.- 3.12 Hydrogen Oxidation.- 3.13 Carbon Monoxide Oxidation.- 3.14 Methane Oxidation.- 3.15 Nonsymbiotic Nitrogen Fixation.- 3.16 Sulftir Oxidation.- 3.17 Sulfate Reduction.- 3.18 Luminescent Bacteria.- 3.19 Photosynthetic Bacteria.- 3.20 Extreme Halophiles.- References.- four Populations and Habitats.- 4.1 Bacteria as Open Systems.- 4.2 Multiplication and Growth.- 4.3 Estimating Bacterial Numbers.- 4.4 The Rise and Decline of Bacterial Populations.- 4.5 Biological Aspects of Dormancy in Bacteria.- 4.6 The L-Phase of Bacteria.- 4.7 Bacterial Distribution.- 4.8 Extrinsic and Intrinsic Influences.- 4.9 Temperature Effects.- 4.10 Pressure Effects.- 4.11 Radiant Energy Effects.- 4.12 pH Effects.- 4.13 Oxygen Relationships.- 4.14 Currents and Surfaces.- 4.15 Extrinsic Biological Factors.- 4.16 Habitats.- 4.17 Ecological Aspects of Chemolithotrophy.- 4.18 Bacterial Interactions.- 4.19 Some Exobiological Problems.- 4.20 Gnotobiosis.- References.- five Bacterial Energetics.- 5.1 Enzyme Localization.- 5.2 Energy Sources and Carbon Compounds Used by Bacteria.- 5.3 Energy Metabolism in Bacteria.- Respiration and fermentation.- Bacterial respiration and tricarboxylic acid cycle.- Bacterial electron transport systems.- Electron transport components in obligate anaerobes.- Function of the glyoxylate cycle during growth on acetate.- 5.4 Characteristic Bacterial Fermentations of Carbohydrates.- Pathways of carbohydrate dissimilation.- 5.5 Fermentation of Noncarbohydrate Materials.- 5.6 Pathways for the Dissimilation of Aromatic Compounds by Bacteria.- 5.7 The Role of Inorganic Compounds in Bacterial Energy Metabolism.- 5.8 Inorganic Compounds as Terminal Electron Acceptors.- Nitrate reduction.- Assimilatory sulfate reduction.- Dissimilatory sulfate reduction.- Methanogenesis.- Reduction of other inorganic compounds.- 5.9 Some Aspects of the Biochemistry of Chemolithotrophy.- Nitrification and the nitrifying bacteria.- Oxidation of reduced sulfur compounds by thiobacilli.- Metabolism of molecular hydrogen.- Energy coupling and CO2 fixation in chemolithotrophs.- The biochemical basis of obligate chemolithotrophy.- 5.10 Energy Transduction in Bacterial Systems.- 5.11 Bacterial Luminescence.- 5.12 Bacterial Photosynthesis.- Photophosphorylation.- Photosynthetic electron transport systems.- Utilization of CO2 in photosynthesis.- References.- six Bacteria as Environmental Determinants.- 6.1 The Age of the Earth and the Beginning of Life.- 6.2 Nonbiological Geochemical Processes.- Radioactive decay.- Formation of igneous rocks.- Sedimentation.- 6.3 Participation of Bacteria in Cyclic Geochemical Transformations of the Elements.- 6.4 The Carbon Cycle.- Photosynthesis.- Mineralization.- 6.5 The Nitrogen Cycle.- 6.6 The Sulfur Cycle.- 6.7 Phosphorus Transformations.- 6.8 Bacterial Degradation of Plant Materials.- Cellulose degradation.- Attack on pectin.- Starch hydrolysis.- Lignin degradation and humification.- 6.9 Chitin Degradation.- 6.10 Bacteria in Relation to Fossil Fuels.- Origin of fossil fuels.- Utilization of fossil fuels.- 6.11 Formation of Mineral Deposits by Bacterial Activities.- Deposition of calcite.- Deposition of elemental sulfur.- Bacterial fractionation of isotopes in epigenetic sulfur deposits.- Formation of iron and manganese minerals.- 6.12 Bacterial Attack on Minerals.- Thiobacilli and leaching of metallic ores.- References.- seven Epilogue.
Responsibility: R.N. Doetsch and T.M. Cook.

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