Comparative ecology of microorganisms and macroorganisms / John H. Andrews
By: Andrews, John HMaterial type: Text; Format: print Series: Springer series in contemporary biosciencePublisher: Berlin : Springer, 1991Description: XV, 302 p. : il. ; 25 cmISBN: 3-540-97439-3Subject(s): Ecología microbiana | Ecología
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The objective of this text is to present a conceptual synthesis of plant, animal and microbial ecology. Focusing on the application of ecological and evolutionary principles to the individual organism, the author discusses topics such as genetic variation, nutritional mode, size, growth and growth form, life cycle and interaction with the environment. He concludes with a summary of similarities and differences in the life histories of micro- and macro-organisms. His central premise, illustrated by examples from different areas of ecology, is that all organisms have been similarly shaped by evolution operating through differential reproductive success, thus promoting the development of analogous traits. This introductory text on environmental science, microbiology and population genetics is intended for upper-level undergraduate and graduate students, teachers and researchers.