Microbial Mats

Modern and Ancient Microorganisms in Stratified Systems

  • Joseph Seckbach
  • Aharon Oren

Part of the Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology book series (COLE, volume 14)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. The Nature of Microbial Mats

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gisela Gerdes
      Pages 3-25
  3. Microbial Mats in The Geological Record

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 40-40
    2. Patrick G. Eriksson, Subir Sarkar, Pradip Samanta, Santanu Banerjee, Hubertus Porada, Octavian Catuneanu
      Pages 71-108
    3. Santanu Banerjee, Subir Sarkar, Patrick G. Eriksson, Pradip Samanta
      Pages 109-129
    4. Martin D. Brasier, Richard H. T. Callow, Latha R. Menon, Alexander G. Liu
      Pages 131-148
    5. Elizabeth Chacón
      Pages 149-181
  4. Marine, Freshwater, and Soil Biofilms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-222
    2. David M. Paterson, Rebecca J. Aspden, R. Pamela Reid
      Pages 223-235
    3. Stjepko Golubic, Raeid M. M. Abed
      Pages 237-251
    4. Raeid M. M. Abed, Katharina Kohls, Katarzyna A Palinska, Stjepko Golubic
      Pages 253-273
    5. Jonathan Franks, R. Pamela Reid, Rebecca J. Aspden, Graham J. C. Underwood, David M. Paterson, Lee Prufert-Bebout et al.
      Pages 275-285
    6. Kerstin Heyl, Jana Woelfel, Rhena Schumann, Ulf Karsten
      Pages 301-319

About this book

Introduction

This book provides information about microbial mats, from early fossils to modern mats located in marine and terrestrial environments. Microbial mats – layered biofilms containing different types of cells – are most complex systems in which representatives of various groups of organisms are found together. Among them are cyanobacteria and eukaryotic phototrophs, aerobic heterotrophic and chemoautotrophic bacteria, protozoa, anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria, and other types of microorganisms.
These mats are perfect models for biogeochemical processes, such as the cycles of chemical elements, in which a variety of microorganisms cooperate and interact in complex ways. They are often found under extreme conditions and their study contributes to our understanding of extremophilic life. Moreover, microbial mats are models for Precambrian stromatolites; the study of modern microbial mats may provide information on the processes that may have occurred on Earth when prokaryotic life began to spread.

Keywords

Archaea Ecology Protozoa Sediment Sedimentation Wind biofilm ecosystem ecosystems environment microorganism

Editors and affiliations

  • Joseph Seckbach
    • 1
  • Aharon Oren
    • 2
  1. 1.University of JerusalemEfratIsrael
  2. 2.Inst. Life Sciences, Div. Microbial and Molecular EcologyHebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-90-481-3799-2
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-3798-5
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-3799-2
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-0400
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