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.

Polz, Martin. 1.89 Environmental Microbiology, Fall 2004. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/civil-and-environmental-engineering/1-89-environmental-microbiology-fall-2004 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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