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Microbes and Society + Navigate 2 Advantage Access, 5th Edition

  • Jeffrey Pommerville
  • ISBN-10: 1284172104
  • ISBN-13: 9781284172102
  • 0 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2021 Published
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About the Product

At the Intersection of Science and Society Perennial best-seller Microbes and Society is the ideal text for non-majors taking a foundational course in the life sciences. Like its predecessors, the Fifth Edition discusses the role of microbes in our daily lives, from food production to biotechnology, and provides extensive coverage of both the positive and negative roles microbes play. The text explores the function of microbes in ecological and environmental systems, as well as key current issues such as antibiotic resistance, the importance of vaccines, and emerging microbial diseases. Students will come away with a critical understanding of the broad impact microbes have on our society. The Fifth Edition retains the user-friendly readability of previous editions while incorporating original features and material, including new information on viruses and microbial groups, new data on microbes in agriculture and the environment, current applications of genetic engineering and biotechnology, and fully updated coverage of microbes and the human microbiome. Discussions of the immune system, bacterial growth and metabolism, and viral and bacterial diseases have been revised for clarity and concept retention, and coverage of food microbiology, vaccines, and human health has been expanded. Comprehensive yet accessible for non-science-majors, Microbes and Society, Fifth Edition is an essential text for students taking an introductory microbiology course. Each new print copy includes Navigate 2 Advantage Access that unlocks a complete and interactive eBook, student practice activities and assessments, a full suite of instructor resources, and learning analytics reporting tools.


  • Part I introduces the microbial world and Part II moves to the practical applications of microbiology

  • Chapters are designed to let instructors create their own approach to microbiology to meet their students' needs

  • A Closer Look boxes present a historical insight, an interesting aside, or a health issue in each chapter

  • New Pronunciation Guide to aid students in pronouncing Latinized organism names

Table of Contents

Part I: The Microbial World
Chapter 1: The Microbial World: Diverse and Immense
Chapter 2: Microbes in Perspective: The Pioneers, Classifiers, and Observers
Chapter 3: Molecules of the Cell: The Building Blocks of Life
Chapter 4: Exploring the Prokaryotic World: The Bacteria and Archaea Domains
Chapter 5: The Eukaryotic World: Protists and Fungi
Chapter 6: Viruses: At the Threshold of Life
Chapter 7: Growth and Metabolism: Running the Microbial Machine
Chapter 8: The DNA Story: Chromosomes, Genes, and Genomics
Chapter 9: Microbial Genetics: From Genes to Genetic Engineering
Chapter 10: Controlling Microbes: In Our Surroundings and Close to Home
Chapter 11: Microbial Crosstalk: Uncovering the Social Life of Microbes

Part II: Microbes and Human Affairs
Chapter 12: Microbes and Food: Food Preservation and Safety
Chapter 13: Microbes and Food: A Menu of Microbial Delights
Chapter 14: Biotechnology and Industry: Putting Microbes to Work
Chapter 15: Microbes and Agriculture: No Microbes, No Hamburgers
Chapter 16: Microbes and the Environment: No Microbes, No Life
Chapter 17: Disease and Resistance: The Wars Within
Chapter 18: Viral Diseases of Humans: AIDS to Zika
Chapter 19: Bacterial Diseases of Humans: Slate-Wipers and Current Concerns