The latest, fourth edition lists the formulations, methods of preparation and uses for more than 7000 microbiological media. With 1500 more entries than any previous edition, the handbook includes both classic and modern media used for the identification, cultivation and maintenance of diverse bacteria, archaea and fungi.
The commercial availability of standard bacteriological media has largely eliminated the need for preparation of such media by most laboratories. As a result, the composition of such media is generally overlooked. Atlas provides an encyclopedia on the subject as well as a comprehensive reference containing compositions of all standard media. The book begins with an overview of the subject, defining terms and providing an extensive list of references. This section includes a summary of sterilization techniques ranging from historical (Tyndallization) to contemporary (modern autoclave). The inclusion of Web resources provides an additional source of information. The major portion of the book consists of more than 7,000 formulations of media, both common and obscure and specialized, and methods of preparation. This latest edition also includes composition of media for identification of newly recognized pathogens such as Escherichia coli 0157 and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. In addition to the specific media entries within the book, the index includes a listing of microorganisms along with media conducive for their growth. The volume would be a necessary reference for any academic or professional laboratory that is growing bacteria. Summing Up: Recommended. --R. Adler, University of Michigan, Dearborn, CHOICE, April 2011 In this time-tested Handbook of Microbiological Media, the reader is presented with a resource meant to be used in a variety of laboratories ! Handbook of Microbiological Media is notable for the wide-range of data presented ! the information contained in this handbook will allow researchers to infiltrate the core of a given bacterium so as to understand how it grows and thrives and mutates (with the knowledge gleaned allowing scientists to implement safety-barriers to better protect the populous and its food supply from contamination). --The Electric Review, January 2011 Praise for the Previous Editions: ... an ambitious organization of the large number of different microbiological media that have been devised in the last century... One's first impression of this book is one of completeness... Anyone interested in a specific medium should have no trouble finding it in this volume. --American Society for Microbiology News ! a volume that all working microbiologists will want on their shelves... For all college and university reference shelves, upper-division undergraduate through professional. --CHOICE A much-needed book ... It will be of extreme value to microbiologists worldwide. --John G. Holt, Editor-in-Chief, Bergey's Manual Trust ! traverses the entire discipline of microbiology ! an excellent resource for anyone associated with industrial, medical, veterinarian, and academic microbiology. --James W. Snyder, University Hospital of Louisville, Kentucky ! visitors to my office pick it up and look through it more than any other texts! represents a very useful source of recipes covering a very wide range of micro-organisms and as such, is a 'must-have' reference book. --Society for General Microbiology
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