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March of the microbes : sighting the unseen

Author: John L Ingraham
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Though nothing in the natural world would be quite the same without them, microbes go mostly unnoticed. They are the tiny, mighty force behind the pop in Champagne and the holes in Swiss cheese, the granite walls of Yosemite and the white cliffs of Dover, the workings of snowmaking machines, Botox, and gunpowder; and yet we tend to regard them as peripheral, disease-causing, food-spoiling troublemakers. In this book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Popular works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John L Ingraham
ISBN: 9780674035829 0674035828
OCLC Number: 318876108
Notes: Includes index.
Includes glossary.
Description: x, 326 pages : illustrations, charts ; 22 cm
Contents: The microbial landscape --
Acquiring metabolic energy --
Food and drink --
Living together --
Cycling nitrogen --
Cycling sulfur --
Cycling carbon --
Hostile environments --
Fungi, hostile and benign --
Viruses --
Felonious bacteria --
Shapers of the planet --
Closer to us --
Survivors.
Responsibility: John L. Ingraham.

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Microbes go mostly unnoticed. We regard them as peripheral, disease-causing, food-spoiling troublemakers. This book shows us how to examine, study, and appreciate microbes in the manner of a  Read more...

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