Environmental Microbiology

A false colored image of magnified bacteria.

Spirochaeta americana, a bacterial microorganism that thrives in harsh climates. (Image courtesy of Science @ NASA.)


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Fall 2004



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This class provides a general introduction to the diverse roles of microorganisms in natural and artificial environments. It will cover topics including: cellular architecture, energetics, and growth; evolution and gene flow; population and community dynamics; water and soil microbiology; biogeochemical cycling; and microorganisms in biodeterioration and bioremediation.

Martin Polz. 1.89 Environmental Microbiology, Fall 2004. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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