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Microbiology: A Very Short Introduction

Nicholas P. Money

December 2014

ISBN: 9780199681686

136 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Modern microbiology has transformed our understanding of life on earth, and had a huge impact on medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas P. Money explores the microbial world, considering its diversity and vital roles in ecosystems, including the human body.

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Modern microbiology has transformed our understanding of life on earth, and had a huge impact on medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology. In this Very Short Introduction, Nicholas P. Money explores the microbial world, considering its diversity and vital roles in ecosystems, including the human body.

  • 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
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Nicholas P. Money, Professor of Botany and Western Program Director, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

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.

Table of Contents

    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
    Further reading
    Index

Reviews

"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

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