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Understanding microbes : an introduction to a small world

Author: Jeremy Dale
Publisher: Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"We can't see them, but microbes are the dominant form of life on Earth. They make up half of the world's biomass. They were here billions of years before we were, and they will be here after we are gone. Without their activity, life as we know it would be impossible. Even within our own bodies, there are ten times as many bacterial cells as human cells. Understanding Microbes provides a clear, accessible
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Genre/Form: Textbooks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremy Dale
ISBN: 9781119978800 1119978807 9781119978794 1119978793
OCLC Number: 811003391
Description: x, 230 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. The background : Meet the cast ; Food for microbes ; Basic molecular biology --
2. Microbes and health : Microbes in the body ; Defences against the infection --
3. Microbial Infections : Diseases of the past ; Diseases of the present ; Opportunist infections ; 'New' diseases ; Animal diseases --
4. Prevention and cure : Epidemics ; Antibiotics --
5. Microbes and food, friend and foe : Food spoilage ; Food preservation ; Fermented foods ; Food poisoning and food-borne diseases --
6. Microbes and the environment : Water ; Soil ; Plants ; Biodegradation ; Extreme environments --
7. Microbial evolution : Evolution and inheritance ; Horizontal gene transfer ; Variation in gene expression ; Gene cloning and sequencing --
8. Microbial development and communication : Cell division ; Motility ; Biofilms ; Quorum sensing ; Bacterial sporulation ; Multicellular behaviour ; Biological clocks --
9. Microbial biotechnology: practical uses of microbes : Amino acids ; Biofuels ; Microbes and metals ; Oil spills ; Sewage and water treatment ; Antibiotics and other medical products ; Vaccines ; Proteins --
10. Controversies and speculations : Evolution and the origins of life ; Is there life elsewhere in the universe? ; Creating a new life ; Is it safe? Assessment of risk, risk versus benefit ; Superbugs and killer viruses ; Microbes and climate change ; Microbes and non-infectious diseases --
Appendixes. 1. Explanations : Monomers and polymers ; Enzymes and catalysts --
2. Abbreviations and terminology : Abbreviations and jargon ; Numbers ; Units --
3. Further reading.
Responsibility: Jeremy W. Dale, University of Surrey, UK.
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