Bacteria in Nature

Volume 3: Structure, Physiology, and Genetic Adaptability

  • Jeanne S. Poindexter
  • Edward R. Leadbetter

Part of the Bacteria in Nature book series (BANA, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. T. J. Beveridge
    Pages 1-65
  3. Edwin A. Dawes
    Pages 67-187
  4. William S. Reznikoff
    Pages 337-358
  5. Monica Riley
    Pages 359-388
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 389-391

About this book


The value of studies of monotypic populations is constantly argued in bacterial ecology. The controversy itself is evidenceofthe strong awareness that bacterial activities in natural sites are not determined by the bacteria alone. At the same time, the best evidence that bacteria are influenced by environmental factors is the contrast between their behavior in laboratory cultures and their relatively subdued influence when in the presence of com­ petitors, predators, and fluctuating-often stressful-environmental conditions. Monotypic populations are admittedly reductionist, but are not therefore irrelevant to bacterial ecology. Quite the contrary. Without pure culture studies, our understanding of important and applicable bacterial activities-N fixation, for example-would still be z limited to what we could discern from a comparison of events in steamed vis-a-vis un­ heated soil. As was evident throughout the previous volume in this treatise, practically any method of studying natural bacterial communities upsets them while permitting only limited assessment of the respective qualities and quantitative contributions to total com­ munity activity of each type of bacterium present. Total activity itself is difficult to assess and is not dependably accomplished by any single method. This third volume comprises information regarding the properties of bacteria as they have been learned largely from pure culture studies. Its purpose is twofold: to provide readers with fundamental information regarding the cellular organization, physiological capabilities, and genetic systems of bacteria; and to connect known bacterial properties with environmental influences on them and with their influences on natural processes.


Cytosol Organe Translation environment metabolism physiology plasma membrane transcription

Editors and affiliations

  • Jeanne S. Poindexter
    • 1
  • Edward R. Leadbetter
    • 2
  1. 1.Brooklyn CampusLong Island UniversityBrooklynUSA
  2. 2.The University of ConnecticutStorrsUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4612-8090-3
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4613-0803-4
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