Microbial Physiology / Edition 4

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Overview

The Fourth Edition of Microbial Physiology retains the logical, easy-to-follow organization of the previous editions. An introduction to cell structure and synthesis of cell components is provided, followed by detailed discussions of genetics, metabolism, growth, and regulation for anyone wishing to understand the mechanisms underlying cell survival and growth. This comprehensive reference approaches the subject from a modern molecular genetic perspective, incorporating new insights gained from various genome projects.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"…a useful addition to the library of any teach or researcher in microbiology." (Biomolecular Engineering, March 2003)

"...expanded and reorganized based upon the rapid growth in the field since the last edition...highly recommended..." (E-Streams, Vol.5, No. 12, December 2002)

"Microbial Physiology (4th ed.) by Moat, Foster, and Spector is much improved compared to previous editions. The graphics in particular are vastly enhanced, making this a very useful book." (ASM News)

K. Dale Noel
This is a new edition of a standard text in microbial physiology, completely revised from the second edition, which was published in 1988. The expressed purpose of the authors is to describe the physiology of Escherichia coli, the best-understood bacterium, and to integrate its physiology with the detailed understanding of the genetics of this organism at the molecular level. The virtue of this plan is that it gives a very coherent and thorough treatment of this model organism within the limited confines of a 500-page textbook. The book could have been titled Bacterial Physiology, because eukaryotic microbes are scarcely mentioned, and even in covering bacterial physiology, it does not attempt to capture the immense diversity of behavior and metabolism that occurs across the full spectrum of bacterial phylogeny. Nevertheless, the physiologies of other bacteria are not completely neglected; many are mentioned briefly as counter examples to E. coli or examined more extensively when the authors have chosen to present processes that do not occur in E. coli or are much better understood in another organism. The book is aimed at graduate students and practitioners of this field. Although the reproduction of photos is mediocre, the black-and-white diagrams, tables, and illustrations are first rate; they greatly enhance the text. The copious references are up-to-date, sometimes relying on reviews, but in many areas peppered with the latest pertinent research articles as of 1994. This book succeeds very well with the aims it sets of providing a detailed understanding of how one microbe lives (at least in laboratory media) and of certain, selectedprocesses that occur only in other organisms. It succeeds both as a readable text that truly clarifies many complex topics and as a good reference source for these topics.
From The Critics
Reviewer: K. Dale Noel, PhD (Marquette University)
Description: This is a new edition of a standard text in microbial physiology, completely revised from the second edition, which was published in 1988.
Purpose: The expressed purpose of the authors is to describe the physiology of Escherichia coli, the best-understood bacterium, and to integrate its physiology with the detailed understanding of the genetics of this organism at the molecular level. The virtue of this plan is that it gives a very coherent and thorough treatment of this model organism within the limited confines of a 500-page textbook. The book could have been titled Bacterial Physiology, because eukaryotic microbes are scarcely mentioned, and even in covering bacterial physiology, it does not attempt to capture the immense diversity of behavior and metabolism that occurs across the full spectrum of bacterial phylogeny. Nevertheless, the physiologies of other bacteria are not completely neglected; many are mentioned briefly as counter examples to E. coli or examined more extensively when the authors have chosen to present processes that do not occur in E. coli or are much better understood in another organism.
Audience: The book is aimed at graduate students and practitioners of this field.
Features: Although the reproduction of photos is mediocre, the black-and-white diagrams, tables, and illustrations are first rate; they greatly enhance the text. The copious references are up-to-date, sometimes relying on reviews, but in many areas peppered with the latest pertinent research articles as of 1994.
Assessment: This book succeeds very well with the aims it sets of providing a detailed understanding of how one microbe lives (at least in laboratory media) and of certain, selected processes that occur only in other organisms. It succeeds both as a readable text that truly clarifies many complex topics and as a good reference source for these topics.
Booknews
Microbial physiology is the understanding of cell structure, growth factors, metabolism, and genetic composition of microorganisms. This reference, revised and updated to reflect current information and the latest topics, integrates genetics and molecular biology with bacterial physiology and metabolism, in addition to providing in-depth coverage of all the topics central to microbial physiology. For professionals and graduate students in microbiology, as well as researchers in both the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
From The Critics
Emphasizing the diversity of microorganisms, this book describes the ways genomic approaches can be used to integrate knowledge of the genetics and molecular biology of an organism with its physiology and metabolism. Chapters cover macromolecular synthesis, bacterial genetics, genomic tools, prokaryotic gene expression, bacteriophage genetics, cell structure, carbohydrate metabolism, energy production and metabolite transport, fermentation pathways, photosynthesis, lipids, nitrogen metabolism, biosynthesis and amino acids, purines and pyriminidines, bacterial cell division, microbial stress production, bacterial differentiation, and host-parasite interactions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471394839
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/8/2002
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 736
  • Product dimensions: 6.97 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.54 (d)

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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. Introduction to Microbial Physiology.

2. Macromolecular Synthesis and Processing: DNA, RNA, and Protein Synthesis.

3. Bacterial Genetics: DNA Exchange, Recombination, Mutagenesis and Repair.

4. Microbial Physiology in the Genomic ERA: A Revolutionary Tale.

5. Regulation of Prokaryotic Gene Expression.

6. Bacteriophage Genetics.

7. Cell Structure and Function.

8. Central Pathways of Carbohydrate Metabolism.

9. Energy Production and Metabolite Transport.

10. Metabolism of Substrates Other than Glucose.

11. Fermentation Pathways.

12. Photosynthesis and Inorganic Metabolism.

13. Lipids and Sterols.

14. Nitrogen Metabolism.

15. Biosynthesis and Metabolism of Amino Acids.

16. Purines and Pyrimidines.

17. Bacterial Cell Division.

18. Microbial Stress Responses.

19. Bacterial Differentiation.

20. Host-Parasite Interactions.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2002

    Recommended Book

    '[Microbial Physiology, Fourth Edition] will be welcomed as a book for teaching at several levels, and as a handbook for reasearchers in various fields of microbial physiology.' --Arthur L. Koch, Biology Department, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2002

    'Best Available Text'

    '[Microbial Physiology, Fourth Edition] is the best available text in the field today and a must for any microbiologist needing an up-to-date knowledge of the biochemistry and molecular biology of metabolism in microorganisms.' 'I recommend it highly!' --Alan D. Antoine, Ph.D., Dept. of Biochemistry & Microbiology, Rutgers University

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