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Microbial Communities Utilizing Hydrocarbons and Lipids: Members, Metagenomics and Ecophysiology

  • Terry J. McGenity


  • Comprehensive, authoritative discussions about microbial communities utilizing hydrocarbons and lipids

  • Particular attention is given to the identification of the microbial community members, their metagenomics and ecophysiology

  • Experts of the field explore insights into functions and interactions of microbial communities using contemporary methods

Reference work

Part of the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology book series (HHLM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Molly C. Redmond, David L. Valentine
    Pages 1-17
  3. Marisol Goñi-Urriza, Robert Duran
    Pages 19-35
  4. Cristiana Cravo-Laureau, Robert Duran
    Pages 51-62
  5. Balbina Nogales, Rafael Bosch
    Pages 63-79
  6. K. Knittel, Gunter Wegener, A. Boetius
    Pages 113-132
  7. Tobin J. Verbeke, Svetlana N. Dedysh, Peter F. Dunfield
    Pages 133-156
  8. Thirumahal Muthukrishnan, Raeid M. M. Abed
    Pages 157-177
  9. Tariq Siddique, Sebastian Stasik, Mohd Faidz Mohamad Shahimin, Katrin Wendt-Potthoff
    Pages 251-283
  10. Karl Skeels, Corinne Whitby
    Pages 285-306
  11. Francesc X. Prenafeta-Boldú, G. Sybren de Hoog, Richard C. Summerbell
    Pages 307-342
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 343-352

About this book


This book provides comprehensive, authoritative discussions about microbial communities in environments that are rich in hydrocarbons, crude oil or lipids. It encompasses natural environments, such as tar sands, oil seeps and reservoirs, as well as habitats where methane is produced. Equally, the book deals with habitats that have been influenced by human activity, including oil-contaminated soils, aquifers, coast and seas. The book opens with a series of chapters considering the contemporary approaches used to investigate microbial communities.


crude oil biodegradation Deepwater Horizon microorganisms hydrocarbon ecology microorganism Methanotrophs Oil-spill microbes grease biodegradation fat biodegradation

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry J. McGenity
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of EssexColchesterUK

About the editors

Terry McGenity is a Reader at the University of Essex, UK. His PhD, investigating the microbial ecology of ancient salt deposits (University of Leicester), was followed by postdoctoral positions at the Japan Marine Science and Technology 
Centre (JAMSTEC, Yokosuka) and the Postgraduate Research Institute for Sedimentology (University of Reading).  His overarching research interest is to understand how microbial communities function and interact to influence major biogeochemical processes. He worked as a postdoc with Ken Timmis at the University of Essex, where he was inspired to investigate microbial interactions with hydrocarbons at multiple scales, from communities to cells, and as both a source of food and stress. He has broad interests in microbial ecology and diversity, particularly with respect to carbon cycling (especially the second most abundantly produced hydrocarbon in the atmosphere, isoprene), and is driven to better understand how microbes cope with, or flourish in hypersaline, desiccated and poly-extreme environments. 

He was already section editor at the first edition of this multi-volume Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology (2010),  and he is co-editor for the 17-volume Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols 2016. 

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