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Title (Primary) Microorganisms in their natural environment
Title (Secondary) Water encyclopedia Volume 3: Surface and agricultural water
Author Koschorreck, M.;
Publisher Lehr, J.; Keeley, J.; Lehr, J.; Kingery III, T.B.;
Year 2005
Department SEEFO;
Language englisch;
Keywords microbes;bacteria;microbial ecology;gradients;biofilm;heterogeneity;habitat;biotic interactions;microbial loop;CLSM;microsensors;surfaces
UFZ inventory Magdeburg, Bibliothek, 00395762, 05-0938 MA : Al 10
Abstract In their natural aquatic environment, microbes face conditions that principally differ from the picture of a mixture of different microbes swimming around in a kind of liquid culture. The study of microorganisms in laboratory cultures often gives limited information about the role and behavior of microorganisms in their natural habitat. Our understanding of microbes in their natural aquatic habitat was considerably increased by the development of in situ methods in the last decades. The introduction of microsensors allowed characterizing the microbial habitat on the size scale of microorganisms. The recent advances in microscopic techniques (confocal laser scanning microscopy, atomic force microscopy) offer the possibility of real 3-D examination of microbial aggregates or biofilms. Molecular techniques such as in situ hybridization to study the phylogeny and physiology of microorganisms in their natural environment are rapidly, improving.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=16765
Koschorreck, M. (2005):
Microorganisms in their natural environment
In: Lehr, J., Keeley, J., Lehr, J., Kingery III, T.B. (eds.)
Water encyclopedia Volume 3: Surface and agricultural water
Wiley, Hoboken, NJ, p. 309 - 313