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An accessible introduction to the world of microbes—frombasic microbe biology through industrial applications

Microbes affect our lives in a variety of ways—playing animportant role in our health, food, agriculture, and environment.While some microbes are beneficial, others are pathogenic oropportunistic.

Microbes: Concepts and Applications describes basicmicrobe biology and identification and shows not only how theyoperate in the subfields of medicine, biotechnology, environmentalscience, bioengineering, agriculture, and food science, but howthey can be harnessed as a resource. It provides readers with asolid grasp of etiologic agents, pathogenic processes,epidemiology, and the role of microbes as therapeutic agents.

Placing a major emphasis on omics technology, the book coversrecent developments in the arena of microbes and discusses theirrole in industry and agriculture, as well as in related fields suchas immunology, cell biology, and molecular biology. It offerscomplete discussions of the major bacterial, viral, fungal, andparasitic pathogens; includes information on emerging infectiousdiseases, antibiotic resistance, and bioterrorism; and talks aboutthe future challenges in microbiology.

The most complete treatment of microbial biology available,Microbes features eye-opening chapters on:

  • Human and Microbial World
  • Gene Technology: Application and Techniques
  • Molecular Diagnostic and Medical Microbiology
  • Identification and Classification of Microbes
  • Diversity of Microorganisms
  • Microbes in Agriculture
  • Microbes as a Tool for Industry and Research

Complete with charts and figures, this book is an invaluabletextbook for university teachers, students, researchers, and peopleeverywhere who care about microorganisms.

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