The Benefits of Bacteria

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How do bacteria help to make milk into cheese? What is genetically modified food? What are extremophiles and where are they found? The books in the 'Microlife' series explore the fascinating, unseen kingdoms of the microscopic world. Each title looks at the ways in which bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms affect your body and the world around you.

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Overview

How do bacteria help to make milk into cheese? What is genetically modified food? What are extremophiles and where are they found? The books in the 'Microlife' series explore the fascinating, unseen kingdoms of the microscopic world. Each title looks at the ways in which bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms affect your body and the world around you.

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Gr 6 Up-An open format and large, frequently garishly colored photographs of organisms, animals, and people give the mistaken impression that this information is accessible to intermediate and middle school readers. Microorganisms explains and defines the makeup and function of viruses, bacterium, and fungi. The chemical and cellular interactions are explicated in scientific language. The sentences are frequently overly long and read like a microbiology textbook. Another drawback is that Bacteria cannot stand alone, but depends upon the introductory material in Microorganisms. Using the glossary is a must when reading the texts. There are no charts of the scientific classification of microorganisms. Edward R. Ricciuti's Microorganisms (Blackbirch, 1994) has much more accessible information.-Kathryn Kosiorek, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403495648
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Microlife Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 11 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

The Cleanup Crew 6

Sewage Disposal 8

The Nitrogen Cycle 10

Nitrogen Conversions 12

Living with Microbes 14

Mouth Microbes 16

Fungal Relationships 18

Yeast 20

Down at the Dairy 22

Fermentation 24

Bioprospecting 26

Antibiotics 28

One Against the Other 30

Biological Control 32

Genetic Engineering 34

Gene Therapy 36

Extreme Enzymes 38

Biomining 40

Oil Wells, Biofilms, and UMBs 42

Anti-Pollution Microbes 44

Glossary 46

Further Research 47

Index 48

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