Contributing Authors. Preface. Acknowledgements. Introduction; Franklin, R.B., Mills, A.L. Statistical Analysis of Spatial Structure in Microbial Communities; Franklin, R.B., Mills, A.L. Bacterial Interactions at the Microscale - Linking Habitat to Function In Soil; Nunan N., Young, I.M, Crawford, J.W., Ritz, K. Spatial Distribution of Bacteria at the Microscale In Soil; Dechesne, A., Pallud, C., Grundmann, G.L. Analysis Of Spatial Patterns Of Rhizoplane Coloniz-Ation; Knudsen, G.R., Dandurand, L.-M. Microbial Distributions And Their Potential Control-Ling Factors In Terrestrial Subsurface Environments; Lehman, R.M. Spatial Organisation Of Soil Fungi; Ritz, K. Spatial Heterogeneity of Planktonic Microorganisms in Aquatic Systems; Pinel-Alloul, B., Ghadouani, A. The Interrelationship Between the Spatial Distribution of Microorganisms and Vegetation in Forest Soils; Morris S.J., Dress, W.J.
This volume highlights recent advances that have contributed to our understanding of spatial patterns and scale issues in microbial ecology. The book brings together research conducted at a range of spatial scales (from µm to km) and in a variety of different types of environments. These topics are addressed in a quantitative manner, and a primer on statistical methods is included. In soil ecosystems, both bacteria and fungi are discussed.
Attempts to address issues of scale of microbes juxtaposed with the footprint of their activities on the landscape
Includes discussion of fungi in soils and planktonic microorganisms in water in an attempt to reconcile differences in scale of those organisms to their activity footprint
Provides a primer on quantitative methods used to evaluate scale issues and distributions in an effort to allow readers to follow arguments presented in the various chapters, as well as to understand many presentations in the primary literature
How microbial community spatial patterns correlate with environmental heterogeneity
Considers a diversity of habitats (rhizosphere, surface soils, terrestrial subsurface, and aquatic environments) and a variety of spatial scales (µm to km)