The premiere two-volume reference on revelations from studyingcomplex microbial communities in many distinct habitats
Metagenomics is an emerging field that has changed the waymicrobiologists study microorganisms. It involves the genomicanalysis of microorganisms by extraction and cloning of DNA from agroup of microorganisms, or the direct use of the purified DNA orRNA for sequencing, which allows scientists to bypass the usualprotocol of isolating and culturing individual microbial species.This method is now used in laboratories across the globe to studymicroorganism diversity and for isolating novel medical andindustrial compounds.
Handbook of Molecular Microbial Ecology is the firstcomprehensive two-volume reference to cover unculturablemicroorganisms in a large variety of habitats, which could notpreviously have been analyzed without metagenomic methodology. Itfeatures review articles as well as a large number of case studies,based largely on original publications and written by internationalexperts. This first volume, Metagenomics and ComplementaryApproaches, covers such topics as:
Background information on DNA reassociation and use of 16 rRNAand other DNA fingerprinting approaches
Species designation in microbiology
Metagenomics: Introduction to the basic tools with examples
Consortia and databases
Complementary approaches—microarrays, metatranscriptomics,metaproteomics, metabolomics, and single cell analysis
A special feature of this volume is the highlighting of thedatabases and computer programs used in each study; they are listedalong with their sites in order to facilitate the computer-assistedanalysis of the vast amount of data generated by metagenomicstudies.
Handbook of Molecular Microbial Ecology I is aninvaluable reference for researchers in metagenomics, microbiology,and environmental microbiology; those working on the HumanMicrobiome Project; microbial geneticists; molecular microbialecologists; and professionals in molecular microbiology andbioinformatics.