The Resource Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable, Paul G. Falkowski

Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable, Paul G. Falkowski

Label
Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable
Title
Life's engines
Title remainder
how microbes made Earth habitable
Statement of responsibility
Paul G. Falkowski
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"For almost four billion years, microbes had the primordial oceans all to themselves. The stewards of Earth, these organisms transformed the chemistry of our planet to make it habitable for plants, animals, and us. Life's Engines takes readers deep into the microscopic world to explore how these marvelous creatures made life on Earth possible--and how human life today would cease to exist without them. Paul Falkowski looks "under the hood" of microbes to find the engines of life, the actual working parts that do the biochemical heavy lifting for every living organism on Earth. With insight and humor, he explains how these miniature engines are built--and how they have been appropriated by and assembled like Lego sets within every creature that walks, swims, or flies. Falkowski shows how evolution works to maintain this core machinery of life, and how we and other animals are veritable conglomerations of microbes. A vibrantly entertaining book about the microbes that support our very existence, Life's Engines will inspire wonder about these elegantly complex nanomachines that have driven life since its origin. It also issues a timely warning about the dangers of tinkering with that machinery to make it more "efficient" at meeting the ever-growing demands of humans in the coming century."--Jacket
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Falkowski, Paul G
Dewey number
579
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
QR 13 .F35 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2015 E-926
  • QW 51
Series statement
Science essentials
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Microorganisms
  • Bacteria
  • Microbial genetics
  • Life (Biology)
  • Genetics, Microbial
  • Bacteria
  • Biological Phenomena
  • Bacteria
  • Life (Biology)
  • Microbial genetics
  • Microorganisms
Label
Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable, Paul G. Falkowski
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The missing microbes -- Meet the microbes -- The world before time -- Life's little engines -- Supercharging the engines -- Protecting the core genes -- Cell mates -- Supersizing in wonderland -- The fragile species -- The tinkerers -- Microbes on Mars and butterflies on Venus?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 205 pages
Isbn
9780691155371
Lccn
2014036615
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025023704
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893668832
  • (OCoLC)ocn893668832
Label
Life's engines : how microbes made Earth habitable, Paul G. Falkowski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The missing microbes -- Meet the microbes -- The world before time -- Life's little engines -- Supercharging the engines -- Protecting the core genes -- Cell mates -- Supersizing in wonderland -- The fragile species -- The tinkerers -- Microbes on Mars and butterflies on Venus?
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
x, 205 pages
Isbn
9780691155371
Lccn
2014036615
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
40025023704
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893668832
  • (OCoLC)ocn893668832

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