By Donat-P. Häder (auth.), J. Gwynfryn Jones (eds.)
This is the 3rd quantity of Advances in Microbial Ecology to be produced by means of the present editorial board. i'd, for that reason, wish to take this chance to thank my co-editors for all their efforts, rather in preserving a stability of material and geographical distribution of the contributions. quantity 15 isn't any exception in that we've got a stability among the prokaryo tic and eukaryotic organisms and various material from utilized ecology via method ecology to ecological idea. The reaction from our readers has been encouraging within the feel that the breadth of assurance is far liked, quite via academics and postgraduate/postdoctoral researchers. in spite of the fact that, we nonetheless attempt to enhance our assurance and especially to maneuver wider than the North America/Europe axis for contributions. equally, we want to work out insurance of the more odd microbes, possibly a bankruptcy dedicated to the ecology of a specific species or genus. There needs to exist many ecological notes on "rarer" organisms that experience now not came upon their method into the normal textbooks or taxonomic volumes; thoroughly compiled those may supply useful info for the sphere ecologist. Ecological conception has, till lately, been the area of the "macroecolo gist. " contemporary advances in molecular ideas will make sure that the microbial ecologist will playa extra major function within the improvement of the topic. we will now not, as a result, swap our coverage of encouraging our participants to specu past due, allowing them adequate house to improve their ideas.
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Advances in Microbial Ecology by Donat-P. Häder (auth.), J. Gwynfryn Jones (eds.)