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General Microbiology - 1st Edition

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Linda Bruslind, Oregon State University

Copyright Year: 2020

Publisher: Oregon State University

Language: English

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Reviewed by Roger Greenwell, Associate Professor, Worcester State University on 6/30/21

The focus of this concise and easy to read text is the introduction of bacteria, archaea, and viruses and how they function and are controlled. Fungi and other microbes are minimally included. The effects of microbes on humans, the function of... read more

Reviewed by Sarah Olken, Professor, North Shore Community College on 6/29/21

As noted in the first chapter, Eukaryotic microorganisms are not covered in detail. Host Immunity and Vaccination are not covered. These omissions are a weakness of the text, in my opinion. read more

Reviewed by Jacqueline Spencer, Assistant Professor of Biology, Thomas Nelson Community College on 5/30/21

This is a very concisely written, comprehensive textbook that covers most of the major topics usually found in a General Microbiology course. The key word here is “general” because this is not a text that is specifically written for Health... read more

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to Microbiology
  • 2. Microscopes
  • 3. Cell Structure
  • 4. Bacteria: Cell Walls
  • 5. Bacteria: Internal Components
  • 6. Bacteria: Surface Structures
  • 7. Archaea
  • 8. Introduction to Viruses
  • 9. Microbial Growth
  • 10. Environmental Factors
  • 11. Microbial Nutrition
  • 12. Energetics & Redox Reactions
  • 13. Chemoorganotrophy
  • 14. Chemolithotrophy & Nitrogen Metabolism
  • 15. Phototrophy
  • 16. Taxonomy & Evolution
  • 17. Microbial Genetics
  • 18. Genetic Engineering
  • 19. Genomics
  • 20. Microbial Symbioses
  • 21. Bacterial Pathogenicity
  • 22. The Viruses

About the Book

Welcome to the wonderful world of microbiology! Yay! So. What is microbiology? If we break the word down it translates to “the study of small life,” where the small life refers to microorganisms or microbes. But who are the microbes? And how small are they? Generally microbes  can be divided in to two categories: the cellular microbes (or organisms) and the acellular  microbes (or agents). In the cellular camp we have the bacteria, the archaea, the fungi, and the protists (a bit of a grab bag composed of algae, protozoa, slime molds, and water molds).  Cellular microbes can be either unicellular, where one cell is the entire organism, or multicellular, where hundreds, thousands or even billions of cells can make up the entire organism. In the acellular camp we have the viruses and other infectious agents, such as prions and viroids. In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

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Linda Bruslind, Oregon State University