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
    7. Ina Severin, Lucas J. Stal
      Pages 321-339
    8. Martin Grube, Johannes Rabensteiner, Ulrike Grube, Lucia Muggia
      Pages 341-357
    9. Ofir Avidan, Shirley Satanower, Ehud Banin
      Pages 359-383
  5. Microbial Mats in Extreme Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Pieter T. Visscher, Christophe Dupraz, Olivier Braissant, Kimberley L. Gallagher, Christina Glunk, Lilliam Casillas et al.
      Pages 443-468
    3. Angeles Aguilera, Elena González-Toril, Virginia Souza-Egipsy, Linda Amaral-Zettler, Erik Zettler, Ricardo Amils
      Pages 469-481
    4. David C. Fernández-Remolar, David Gómez-Ortíz, Olga Prieto-Ballesteros, Felipe Gómez, Ricardo Amils
      Pages 483-498
  6. Microbial Mats And Astrobiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 542-542
    2. Suman Dudeja, Aranya B. Bhattacherjee, Julian Chela-Flores
      Pages 543-561
    3. Jamie S. Foster, Jennifer M. Mobberley
      Pages 563-582
  7. Outlook and Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 586-586
    2. Joseph Seckbach, Patrick G. Eriksson, Maud M. Walsh, Aharon Oren, Julian Chela-Flores
      Pages 585-590
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 593-610

About this book


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.


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
  • 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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