Microbial Growth Kinetics opens with a critical review of the history of microbial kinetics from the 19th century to the present day. The results of original investigations into the growth of soil microbes in both laboratory and natural environments are summarised. The book emphasises the analysis of complex dynamic behaviour of microorganism populations. Non-steady states and unbalanced growth, multiple limitation, survival under starvation, differentiation, morphological variability, colony and biofilm growth, mixed cultures and microbial population dynamics in soil are all examined. Mathematical models are proposed which give mechanistic explanations to many features of microbial growth. The book takes general kinetic principles and their ecological applications and presents them in a way specifically designed for the microbiologist. This in itself is unusual but taken with the book's fascinating historical overview and the many fresh and sometimes controversial ideas expressed, this book is a must for all advanced students of microbiology and researchers in microbial ecology and growth.
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Number of pages: 378
Weight: 1600 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 22 mm
Edition: 1995 ed.
`This fascinating book begins with an historical review of the development of growth dynamics which should make it essential reading for any PhD student in the fields of population ecology, cell cycle research or growth dynamics.'
`In six chapters, this book provides an excellent overview of microbial growth theory and its implementation to microbial ecology... This book is well presented. The text is well written and the figures and tables are clearly presented are referred to in the text. Each chapter provides a very readable introduction to its particular topic...and is supplied with adequate examples to illustrate the scientific arguments.'
Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
`...an earnest attempt to bridge the gap between laboratory and field studies. The book would be of interest to mathematically inclined microbiologists, frermentation specialists, microbial ecologists, and especially ecological modelers interested in incorporating microbial population dynamics into ecological models.'