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Coverage and scope

The scope and sequence of Microbiology has been developed and vetted with input from numerous instructors at institutions across the US. It is designed to meet the needs of most microbiology courses for non-majors and allied health students. In addition, we have also considered the needs of institutions that offer microbiology to a mixed audience of science majors and non-majors by frequently integrating topics that may not have obvious clinical relevance, such as environmental and applied microbiology and the history of science.

With these objectives in mind, the content of this textbook has been arranged in a logical progression from fundamental to more advanced concepts. The opening chapters present an overview of the discipline, with individual chapters focusing on microscopy and cellular biology as well as each of the classifications of microorganisms. Students then explore the foundations of microbial biochemistry, metabolism, and genetics, topics that provide a basis for understanding the various means by which we can control and combat microbial growth. Beginning with Chapter 15, the focus turns to microbial pathogenicity, emphasizing how interactions between microbes and the human immune system contribute to human health and disease. The last several chapters of the text provide a survey of medical microbiology, presenting the characteristics of microbial diseases organized by body system.

A brief Table of Contents follows. While we have made every effort to align the Table of Contents with the needs of our audience, we recognize that some instructors may prefer to teach topics in a different order. A particular strength of Microbiology is that instructors can customize the book, adapting it to the approach that works best in their classroom.

  • Chapter 1: An Invisible World
  • Chapter 2: How We See the Invisible World
  • Chapter 3: The Cell
  • Chapter 4: Prokaryotic Diversity
  • Chapter 5: The Eukaryotes of Microbiology
  • Chapter 6: Acellular Pathogens
  • Chapter 7: Microbial Biochemistry
  • Chapter 8: Microbial Metabolism
  • Chapter 9: Microbial Growth
  • Chapter 10: Biochemistry of the Genome
  • Chapter 11: Mechanisms of Microbial Genetics
  • Chapter 12: Modern Applications of Microbial Genetics
  • Chapter 13: Control of Microbial Growth
  • Chapter 14: Antimicrobial Drugs
  • Chapter 15: Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity
  • Chapter 16: Disease and Epidemiology
  • Chapter 17: Innate Nonspecific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 18: Adaptive Specific Host Defenses
  • Chapter 19: Diseases of the Immune System
  • Chapter 20: Laboratory Analysis of the Immune Response
  • Chapter 21: Skin and Eye Infections
  • Chapter 22: Respiratory System Infections
  • Chapter 23: Urogenital System Infections
  • Chapter 24: Digestive System Infections
  • Chapter 25: Circulatory and Lymphatic System Infections
  • Chapter 26: Nervous System Infections
  • Appendix A: Fundamentals of Physics and Chemistry Important to Microbiology
  • Appendix B: Mathematical Basics
  • Appendix C: Metabolic Pathways
  • Appendix D: Taxonomy of Clinically Relevant Microorganisms
  • Appendix E: Glossary

Questions & Answers

deffination of staining
Bhavanimangali Reply
with the aid of a well labeled diagram describe the conducting system
Maridad Reply
what is cellular immunity
namugenyi Reply
Cellular Immunity. -Lymphocytes act against target cell. -Acts directly by killing infected cells.
What are NK cells
Natural killer cells
what are Antigen determinant
cellular immunity is the state where the lymphocytes destroy the infected or targeted cell
any examples of oedema
introduction of microbial diversity-1
Bhavanimangali Reply
List the type of micro organism arround us and how they can be seen and with what kind of instrument
clinton Reply
how is the arrangements of bacteria in bacilli
Vaidah Reply
Provide some examples of bacterial structures that might be used as antibiotic targets and explain why.
Coccobacilli, Club-Shaped bacilli, Bacilli with rounded ends, Fuilform bacilli, Bacilli with ends square.
three main antibiotic targets in bacteria: The cell wall or membranes that surrounds the bacterial cell. The machineries that make the nucleic acids DNA and RNA. The machinery that produce proteins
The bacterial cell wall. Protein production. and DNA synthesis. Why, this is because most drugs (antibiotics) affects the cell wall of the bacteria, which makes the bacteria weak or susceptible in human body.
UV rays affecting the..
Mali Reply
what is microbiology
Baba Reply
Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, which are prokaryotic and eukaryotic cell which includes bacteria, fungi, viruses and pathogenic protozoa.
Microbiology is the branch of Life science which deals with scientific study of many Microorganisms.
what is types of microbiology
Immunology, Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Algology etc
Virology, Immunology, Bacteriology, Algology, Mycology, Protoozology etc
and what is mycology
Immunology, Serology, Virology, Microbial Genetics, Parasitology, Bacteriology, Mycology, Molecular, Cell Biology, Agricultural, Water,Soil, Food Industrial ,Pharmaceutical, Applied, Environmental, Clinical, Medical,Marine Microbiology, Microbial Systematics, Etc, are & many types of Microbiology.
study of fungi is called mycology
Mycology is the branch of Microbiology which deals with scientific study of Fungi.
Study of microorganisms,which we can't see with our naked eye is called microbiology
Mycology is the scientific study of Fungi.
virology is the study of viruses
what is microbiology? microbiology is the study of small microorganisms that we can not with our naked eyes.
what is taxonomical classification of microbiology
The algae, protozoa, slime moulds, fungi, bacteria, archaea and viruses ,are taxonomic classification of Microorganisms
We have Bacteria, Archaea, Protozoa, Algae, Fungi, Viruses.
microbiology is the study of microbes too small to be seen by naked eyes
microbiology is a branch of biology which deals with study of smallest living microrganisms such as bacteria protozoa fungi and viruses
microbiology is the study of microorganisms which can't be seen by our naked eyes
Micro - Minute Bio - Life Logus - Study
what is the meaning of antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Devshree Reply
seven gram positive bacteria
Okocha Reply
seven examples of gram negative bacteria
seven examples of gram negative bacteria
Physical conditions that would enable selective Isolation of staphylococcus epidermis
shongile Reply
Nutritional requirements that would enable selective Isolation of staphylococcus epidermis
Nutritional requirements that would enable selective Isolation of staphylococcus epidermis
what is constant flux but
Jane Reply
Digestion of food is completed in __
Amina Reply
Small Intestine
large inteatine
small intestine
Small intestine
small intestine
small intestine specific in illum
difference btwn hausteria and appears
Raviha Reply
numerical and molecular taxanomy
Dhanshri Reply
difference btwn hausteria and appesorium

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