Fossil and Recent Biofilms

A Natural History of Life on Earth

  • Wolfgang Elisabeth Krumbein
  • David Maxwell Paterson
  • Georgii Aleksandrovich Zavarzin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Wolfgang E. Krumbein, Ulrike Brehm, Gisela Gerdes, Anna A. Gorbushina, George Levit, Katarzyna A. Palinska
    Pages 1-27
  3. Thomas R. Neu, Annett Eitner, M. Luz Paje
    Pages 29-45
  4. David M. Paterson, Rupert Perkins, Mireille Consalvey, Graham J. C. Underwood
    Pages 47-63
  5. John F. Stolz
    Pages 65-76
  6. Michael Kühl, Tom Fenchel, Jozef Kazmierczak
    Pages 77-102
  7. Pamela Reid, C. D. Dupraz, P. T. Visscher, D. Y. Sumner
    Pages 103-118
  8. Georgii. A. Zavarzin
    Pages 141-150
  9. Ulrike Brehm, Wolfgang E. Krumbein, Katarzyna A. Palinska
    Pages 151-160
  10. Hartmut Arndt, Kerstin Schmidt-Denter, Brigitte Auer, Markus Weitere
    Pages 161-179
  11. Joachim Scholz, George S. Levit
    Pages 181-195
  12. Gisela Gerdes
    Pages 197-216
  13. Chantal De Ridder, Robin L. Brigmon
    Pages 217-225
  14. Stjepko Golubic, Jürgen Schneider
    Pages 249-263

About this book


MICROBIAL BIOFILMS: PROTECTIVE NICHES IN ANCIENT AND MODERN GEOMICROBIOLOGY J. W. Costerton and Paul Stoodley Center for Biofilm Engineering Montana State University As this book is published based on discussions of a conference that was held in 2001, it may be useful to provide an update on the most recent revelations about biofilms, so that this excellent exposition of the contribution of microbial biofilms to geological processes may be placed in a modem context. The importance of the contribution of microbial biofilms to global processes is only now being appreciated as it is revealed that all terrestrial surfaces are teeming with microbial life in the form of biofilm communities. These communities live on soil particles, in rock fissures, marine and river sediments and at the very extremes of terrestrial habitats from inside Antarctic ice to the walls of deep sea hydrothermal vents. The contribution of these biofilm communities generally went unrecognized because it was the water that was where microbiologists looked for life, not the surfaces, although, evidence of the early association of microbes with surfaces was in fact present in the fossil record (Rasmussen, 2000; Reysenbach, and Cady, 2001). It is also revealing that biofilm formation is found in prokaryotes from the most deeply rooted branches of the phylogenetic tree in both the Archaea and Bacteria kingdoms, the Korarchaeota and Aquificales respectively (Jahnke et al. 2001; Reysenbach et al. 2000).


Bryozoa Calcium Protozoa biofilm development ecosystem environment groundwater history of life microbe microbiology polymer tissue

Editors and affiliations

  • Wolfgang Elisabeth Krumbein
    • 1
  • David Maxwell Paterson
    • 2
  • Georgii Aleksandrovich Zavarzin
    • 3
  1. 1.ICBMCarl von Ossietzky University OlgenburgGermany
  2. 2.Gatty Marine LaboratoryUniversity of St. AndrewsScotland, UK
  3. 3.Institute of MicrobiologyRussian Academy of ScienceMoscowRussia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-6412-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-0193-8
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