Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction

ISBN : 9780199681686

Nicholas P. Money
136 Pages
114 x 174 mm
Pub date
Dec 2014
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  • Introduces the field of microbiology and its importance within the life sciences
  • Describes the modern understanding of the vast range of microorganisms and their habitats
  • Looks at the critical role of microbes in ecosystems, including the human body
  • Explores the many important applications of microbiology in medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology

In recent decades we have come to realize that the microbial world is hugely diverse, and can be found in the most extreme environments. Fungi, single-celled protists, bacteria, archaea, and the vast array of viruses and sub-viral particles far outnumber plants and animals. Microbes, we now know, play a critical role in ecosystems, in the chemistry of atmosphere and oceans, and within our bodies. The field of microbiology, armed with new techniques from molecular biology, is now one of the most vibrant in the life sciences.
In this Very Short Introduction Nicholas P. Money explores not only the traditional methods of microscopy and laboratory culture but also the modern techniques of genetic detection and DNA sequencing, genomic analysis, and genetic manipulation. In turn he demonstrates how advances in microbiology have had a tremendous impact on the areas of medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology.
"For individuals from all backgrounds who need a succinct yet complete introduction to microbiology, this book is an ideal resource, and readers can use this book as a springboard into a wide variety of other topics in microbiology by using the resources for further reading provided at the end of the book." - R. K. Harris, CHOICE


1: Microbial diversity
2: How microbes operate
3: Molecular microbiology
4: Viruses
5: Microbiology of human health and disease
6: Microbial ecology and evolution
7: Microbes in agriculture and biotechnolohy
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About the author: 

Nicholas P. Money is Professor of Botany and Western Program Director at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed papers on fungal biology and has authored four books, including, Mr. Bloomfield's Orchard: The Mysterious World of Mushrooms, Molds, and Mycologists (2002), and Mushroom (2011) described by Nature magazine as a 'brilliant scientific and cultural exploration' of his research subject.

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