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About this book
About this book
Microbial Life captures the richness, the intellectual excitement, and present-day understanding of the role of the microbe in evolution, human health, and in our lives. It is written for undergraduates who have a general understanding of chemical concepts and biochemistry.
PART ONE: THE SCOPE OF MICROBIOLOGY - Evolution, Microbial Life, and the Biosphere - Historical Overview - Fundamental Chemistry of the Cell - Structure and Function of Bacteria and Archaea - PART TWO: MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY: NUTRITION AND GROWTH - Nutrition, Cultivation, and Isolation of Microorganisms - Microbial Growth - Control of Microbial Growth - PART THREE: MICROBIAL PHYSIOLOGY: METABOLISM - Cellular Energy Derived from Chemicals - Cellular Energy Derived from Light - Biosynthesis of Monomers - Assembly of Bacterial Cell Structures - Role of Microbes in Biodegradation - PART FOUR: GENETICS AND BASIC VIROLOGY - Basic Genetics - Viruses - Genetic Exchange - Microbial Genomics - PART FIVE: MICROBIAL EVOLUTION AND DIVERSITY - Taxonomy of Bacteria and Archaea - Archaea - Nonphotosynthetic Proteobacteria - Gram-positive Bacteria: Firmicutes and Actinobacteria - Phototrophic Bacteria - Exploring Microbial Diversity: Other Phyla, Other Microbial Worlds - Eukaryotic Microorganisms - PART SIX: ECOLOGY OF MICROORGANISMS - Microbial Ecology - Beneficial Symbiotic Associations - Human Host-microbe Interaction - PART SEVEN: IMMUNOLOGY AND MEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY - Immunology - Microbial Diseases of Humans - Viral Diseases of Humans - Epidemiology and Clinical Microbiology - PART EIGHT: APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY - Industrial Microbiology - Applied Environmental Microbiology
JAMES T. STALEY, University of Washington, Seattle ROBERT P. GUNSALUS, David Geffen School of Medicene, University of California Los Angeles STEPHEN LORY, Harvard Medical School JEROME J. PERRY