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Principles Of Modern Microbiology

  • Mark Wheelis
  • ISBN-10: 076371075X
  • ISBN-13: 9780763710750
  • 0 Pages | Hardcover
  • COPYRIGHT: 2008 Published
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About the Product

Principles of Modern Microbiology balances brevity and clarity in this condensed introduction to microbiology for majors. Written specifically for the one-semester course, this text provides a manageable amount of detail - thereby avoiding the distractions that come from too much information - and maintains the degree of intellectual rigor appropriate for students at this level. To further help the student focus on principles, each chapter is divided into many sections, each section head summarizes the concept of the section, and each section has a single major point to it to help students grasp the difficult concepts. A dynamic art program presents accurate molecular and cellular images in an innovative style. Microtopics boxes throughout the text describe real-world experiments and allow students to gain a clear sense of the experimental process as it applies to microbiology. Complete with a wealth of student and instructor resources, Principles of Modern Microbiology is sure to engage and inspire majors who are looking to expand their knowledge of the microbial world.


  • The text is concise enough to move through in a single semester yet maintains a level of intellectual rigor suitable for majors. This is achieved by omitting material that is routinely covered in prerequisite general chemistry and introductory biology courses, as well as by selecting only clearly relevant material and examples.

  • Quantitative end-of-chapter questions allow students to test their understanding of key material presented throughout the text.

  • Captivating art program presents molecular and cellular images that are clear, innovative and accurate.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introduction to Microbiology
Chapter 2: History of Microbiology
Chapter 3: Methods of Microbiology
Chapter 4: Procaryotic Cell Structure and Function
Chapter 5: Cell Structure and Function in Protists
Chapter 6: Viruses and Other Acellular Entities
Chapter 7: Microbial Metabolism: Fermentation and Respiration
Chapter 8: Microbial Metabolism: Photosynthesis, Autotrophic Growth, and Nitrogen Fixation
Chapter 9: Microbial Growth
Chapter 10: Procaryotic Genome Organization and Regulation
Chapter 11: Microbial Behavior and Development
Chapter 12: Microbial Genetics
Chapter 13: Microbial Systematics
Chapter 14: Procaryotic Microbes
Chapter 15: Eucaryotic Microbes
Chapter 16: Biogeochemistry and Microbial Ecology
Chapter 17: Symbiosis
Chapter 18: Host Defenses against Microbial Infection
Chapter 19: Microbial Pathogenesis
Chapter 20: Epidemiology and Human Disease
Chapter 21: Human Exploitation of Microbes


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Toolkit CD-ROM to Accompnay Principles of Modern Microbiology  (ISBN-10: 0763756644 | ISBN-13: 9780763756642)