Based on the thesis that insights into both evolution and ecology can be obtained through the study of microorganismsm,Microbial Ecologyexamines microbiology through the lens of evolutionary ecology. Measured from a microbial perspective, this text covers such topics as optimal foraging, genome, reduction, novel evolutionary mechanisms, bacterial speciation, and r and K selection. Numerous aspects of microbial existence are also discussed and include: species competition, predation, parasitism, mutualism, microbial communication through quorum sensing and other . The result is a context for understanding microbes in nature and a framework for microbiologists working in industry, medicine, and the environment.
* Applies evolutionary ecological concepts to microbes
* Addresses individual, population and community ecology
* Presents species concepts and offers insights on the origin of life and modern microbial ecology
* Examines topics such as species interactions, nutrient cycling, quorum sensing and cheating