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Linda Bruslind, Oregon State University

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: Open Oregon State

Language: English

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Reviewed by Debby Filler, Professor, Minnesota State - Anoka Ramsey Community College on 7/1/19

Missing a section on Eukaryotic microbes - but interestingly, they are referred to fairly often - without actually explaining about them. read more

Reviewed by Beverly Burden, Associate professor, LSUS on 4/13/19

The material shallow, best suited for a community college level course. read more

Reviewed by Jennifer Powell, Associate Professor, Gettysburg College on 3/19/19

So many commercial microbiology textbooks devote many chapters to descriptions of specific microbes from many of the major taxa. I really like the fact that this text does not, but rather focuses on the biology of microorganisms. It does a pretty... read more

Reviewed by Michael Chorney, Professor of Biology, Pennsylvania State University on 2/1/18

First off, I enjoyed the tome. It was a pleasant read and it covers most areas pertinent to microbiology. I give it reasonably high marks for comprehensiveness, though there are some holes. I also like its straightforward style (though there... read more

Table of Contents

  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Microscopes
  • Cell Structure
  • Bacteria: Cell Walls
  • Bacteria: Internal Components
  • Bacteria: Surface Structures
  • Archaea
  • Introduction to Viruses
  • Microbial Growth
  • Environmental Factors
  • Microbial Nutrition
  • Energetics & Redox Reactions
  • Chemoorganotrophy
  • Chemolithotrophy & Nitrogen Metabolism
  • Phototrophy
  • Taxonomy & Evolution
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Genomics
  • Microbial Symbioses
  • Bacterial Pathogenicity
  • The Viruses

About the Book

In this textbook the focus will be on the bacteria and archaea (traditionally known as the “prokaryotes,”) and the viruses and other acellular agents.

About the Contributors


Linda Bruslind is a microbiology professor at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.