Microcosms: Ecology, Biological Implications and Environmental Impact


Christopher C. Harris (Editor)

Series: Microbiology Research Advances
BISAC: MED052000

In this book, the authors discuss the ecology, biological implications and environmental impact of microcosms. Topics include using microcosms to investigate aspects of plant-bacterial interactions and bacterial evolution; multifactorial microcosm experiments to predict how plant species and assemblages respond to changes in the availability and spatio-temporal heterogeneity of resources like water, light and nutrients; development and optimization of an aquatic laboratory microcosm for ecotoxicological risk assessment; assessment on transformation of organic pollutants in microcosms; bacterial evolution in simple microcosms; ecology and environmental side-effects of pesticides in tropical microcosms; floating dish microcosms to study the developments of biofilm communities; the role of semiosis and cohesion and sustainability inside microcosms; and soil microcosms and biogeographical research. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


From Winogradsky’s Column to Contemporary Research using Bacterial Microcosms
(Olena Moshynets, Mariia Boretska, Andrew J. Spiers, Laboratory of Microbial Ecology, Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, and others)

Soil Heterogeneity Modulates Responses to Multiple Global Environmental Changes in Model Grassland Communities
(Fernando T. Maestre, James F. Reynolds, Área de Biodiversidad y Conservación, Departamento de Biología y Geología, Escuela Superior de Ciencias Experimentales y Tecnología, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Móstoles, Spain, and others)

Development and Optimisation of an Aquatic Laboratory Microcosm for Ecotoxicological Risk Assessment
(Bernard Clement, Gaëlle Triffault-Bouchet, Hélène Delhaye, Université de Lyon, UMR5023 Ecologie des Hydrosystèmes Naturels et Anthropisés, Université Lyon 1, Vaulx en Velin, France, and others)

Assessment on Transformation of Organic Pollutants in Microcosms: A Review
(Xuewei Peng, Xianguo Li, Key Laboratory of Marine Chemistry Theory and Technology, Ministry of Education, Ocean University of China, Qingdao, China, and others)

Bacterial Evolution in Simple Microcosms
(Andrew J. Spiers, The SIMBIOS Centre and School of Contemporary Sciences, University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, UK)

Ecology and Environmental Side-Effects of Pesticides in Tropical Microcosms
(M.A. Daam, R. Geber-Corrêa, A.V. Waichman, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Technical University of Lisbon, Tapada da Ajuda, Lisbon, Portugal, and others)

Floating Dish Microcosms: A Versatile Tool to Study the Development of Biofilm Communities
(Wolf-Rainer Abraham, Renata Pereira, Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Chemical Microbiology, Braunschweig, Germany, and others)

Cohesion and Sustainability Inside Microcosms: The Role of Semiosis
(Maria Isabel Aldinhas Ferreira, Centre of Philosophy of the University of Lisbon, Language, Mind and Cognition Group, Faculdade de Letras, University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal)


A Brief History on Soil Microcosms as an Experimental Apparatus for Biogeochemical Research
(Kewei Yu, Ronald D. DeLaune, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Troy University, Troy, AL, USA, and others)


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