Microbes : An Invisible Universe

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Microbes : An Invisible Universe

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 214 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9781555812645
  • DDC分類 579

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Introduces the general public to the microbial universe, stressing the essential role microbes play in our daily lives. * Explains the principles of microbiology, the nature of microbial life, and how microbes interact with the environment and with other living organisms, including humans, in non-technical language. * Provides the background and basic information needed to develop informed opinions on issues affecting our health and the preservation of the natural biosphere. This title is published by the American Society for Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.

Table of Contents

Preface                                            ix
About the Author xiii
Leeuwenhoek Discovers a New Galaxy of 1 (6)
Organisms
The Microbial Kingdom Has Many Subjects 7 (5)
Some Microbes Prefer Life without Air 12 (4)
Important Molecules in Microbes, Plants, 16 (10)
and Animals
Where Do Microbes Come From? 26 (3)
How Microbes Are Isolated and Identified 29 (8)
The Care and Feeding of Microbes 37 (6)
Hardy Survivors in the Microbial Kingdom 43 (7)
Microbes and the Carbon Cycle 50 (8)
Bacteria That Produce and Use Methane 58 (7)
Microbes Recycle Nitrogen 65 (7)
Bacteria Spin the Sulfur Cycle 72 (3)
Extraordinary Ecology: an Amazing Diversity 75 (15)
of Life Styles
Fungi 90 (5)
Bioenergetics: ``Energy Currency'' 95 (10)
The Roles of Vitamins 105 (5)
Microbes and Sewage Treatment 110 (7)
Infectious Diseases: History of the ``Germ 117 (7)
Theory''
Three Giants of Infectious Disease 124 (4)
Research: Pasteur, Koch, and Jenner
Infection and Immunity 128 (12)
Viruses Confound Microbe Hunters 140 (5)
Killing Unwanted Microbes 145 (5)
The Central Role of DNA: New Vistas in 150 (19)
Microbial Biotechnology
Microbes: Earth's First Inhabitants 169 (6)
Appendix I How Leeuwenhoek Estimated the Sizes 175 (3)
of Microbes
Appendix II Some Microbes in the American Type 178 (2)
Culture Collection
Appendix III Microbes in Early Science Fiction 180 (5)
Appendix IV The Ingenious Use of Microbiology 185 (6)
under Adverse Conditions
Appendix V Microbial Bioterrorism in the United 191 (3)
States
Biographical Notes 194 (5)
Notes to the Text 199 (4)
Glossary 203 (6)
Bibliography and Further Reading 209 (5)
Credits and Acknowledgments 214 (3)
Index 217