The Ecology of Cyanobacteria

Their Diversity in Time and Space

  • Brian A. Whitton
  • Malcolm Potts

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-lxv
  2. Brian A. Whitton, Malcolm Potts
    Pages 1-11
  3. David M. Ward, Richard W. Castenholz
    Pages 37-59
  4. Lucas J. Stal
    Pages 61-120
  5. Hans W. Paerl
    Pages 121-148
  6. Roderick L Oliver, George G Ganf
    Pages 149-194
  7. John Stockner, Cristiana Callieri, Gertrud Cronberg
    Pages 195-231
  8. Brian A. Whitton
    Pages 233-255
  9. Allan Pentecost, Brian A. Whitton
    Pages 257-279
  10. Aharon Oren
    Pages 281-306
  11. Samir S. Radwan, Redha H. Al-Hasan
    Pages 307-319
  12. Warwick F. Vincent
    Pages 321-340
  13. D. D. Wynn-Williams
    Pages 341-366
  14. Nicholas H. Mann
    Pages 367-395
  15. Devaki Bhaya, Rakefet Schwarz, Arthur R. Grossman
    Pages 397-442
  16. Nigel J. Robinson, Julian C. Rutherford, Mathew R. Pocock, Jennifer S. Cavet
    Pages 443-463
  17. Malcolm Potts
    Pages 465-504
  18. Avigad Vonshak, Luisa Tomaselli
    Pages 505-522
  19. David G. Adams
    Pages 523-561
  20. Richard W. Castenholz, Ferran Garcia-Pichel
    Pages 591-611
  21. Crawford S Dow, Uthaya K Swoboda
    Pages 613-632
  22. Back Matter
    Pages 633-669

About this book


Cyanobacteria make a major contribution to world photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation, but are also notorious for causing nuisances such as dense and often toxic `blooms' in lakes and the ocean. The Ecology of Cyanobacteria: Their Diversity in Time and Space is the first book to focus solely on ecological aspects of these organisms. Its twenty-two chapters are written by some thirty authors, who are leading experts in their particular subject.
The book begins with an overview of the cyanobacteria - or blue-green algae, for those who are not specialists - then looks at their diversity in the geological record and goes on to describe their ecology in present environments where they play important roles. Why is one of the key groups of organisms in the Precambrian still one of the most important groups of phototrophs today? The importance of ecological information for rational management and exploitation of these organisms for commercial and other practical purposes is also assessed. Accounts are provided of nuisances as well as the ecology of the commercially successful Spirulina and the role of cyanobacteria in ecosystem recovery from oil pollution.
Many chapters include aspects of physiology, biochemistry, geochemistry and molecular biology where these help general understanding of the subject. In addition there are three chapters dealing specifically with molecular ecology. Thirty-two pages of colour photos incorporate about seventy views and light micrographs. These features make the book valuable to a wide readership, including biologists, microbiologists, geologists, water managers and environmental consultants. The book complements the highly successful The Molecular Biology of Cyanobacteria already published by Kluwer.


algae biochemistry blue-green algae ecosystem nitrogen physiology roots systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian A. Whitton
    • 1
  • Malcolm Potts
    • 2
  1. 1.University of DurhamDurhamEngland
  2. 2.Virginia Tech.BlackburgUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-4735-4
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-46855-1
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