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Ecology of Protozoa: The Biology of Free-living Phagotrophic Protists

Ecology of Protozoa: The Biology of Free-living Phagotrophic Protists (Paperback)

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This book is written for ecologists and protozoologists. Ecologists who study environments and biotic communities in which protozoa are im- portant should find this book especially useful. During the last decade it has become clear that protozoa play important roles in natural eco- systems, but few ecologists have a feeling for the functional properties and the diversity of these organisms. Protozoa pose or exemplify many general problems of population and community ecology, and of evo- lutionary biology. In most respects the general ecological properties of protozoa are not fundamentally different from those of larger organisms; yet, due to their small size, short generation times, and ubiquitous oc- currence they often present ecological phenomena in a new and dif- ferent light. To this should be added that protozoa are well-suited for experimental work. Despite these advantages, the study of protozoa has played a relatively modest role in the development of ecology and ev- olutionary biology, primarily, I believe, because most ecologists are unfamiliar with these organisms. I hope this book will attract more attention to these favorable characteristics of protozoa. I also hope that this book may make protozoologists aware of new aspects of their pet organisms. For a long time (that is, until the fun- damental distinction between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells was rec- ognized) protozoa were believed to represent the simplest form of life. They were therefore extensively used for the experimental study of basic questions of cell biology.

Science & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesLife sciences: general issuesEcological science, the BiosphereScience & MathematicsBiology, life sciencesMicrobiology non-medical Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. KG Publication Date: 01/12/1986 ISBN-13: 9783662068199  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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