Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

by Eugenia Bone
Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

by Eugenia Bone


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From Eugenia Bone, the critically acclaimed author of Mycophilia, comes an approachable, highly personal look at our complex relationship with the microbial world.

While researching her book about mushrooms, Eugenia Bone became fascinated with microbes—those life forms that are too small to see without a microscope. Specifically, she wanted to understand the microbes that lived inside other organisms like plants and people. But as she began reading books, scholarly articles, blogs, and even attending an online course in an attempt to grasp the microbiology, she quickly realized she couldn’t do it alone.

That’s why she enrolled at Columbia University to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. Her stories about being a middle-aged mom embedded in undergrad college life are spot-on and hilarious. But more profoundly, when Bone went back to school she learned that biology is a vast conspiracy of microbes. Microbes invented living and as a result they are part of every aspect of every living thing. This popular science book takes the layman on a broad survey of the role of microbes in nature and illustrates their importance to the existence of everything: atmosphere, soil, plants, and us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623367350
Publisher: Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 645,563
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Eugenia Bone is a nationally recognized journalist, food writer, and former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is the author of Mycophilia, The Kitchen Ecosystem, At Mesa’s Edge, Italian Family Dining, and Well Preserved. Her books have been nominated for a variety of awards, including a James Beard Award, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, among others.

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Table of Contents

Introduction xi

Chapter 1 Six Ingredients Connect Us All 1

Chapter 2 How Microbes Created the Air We Breathe 16

Chapter 3 The Impossible Microbial Species Concept 32

Chapter 4 A Marriage of Microbes 51

Chapter 5 Microbes Make Landfall 64

Chapter 6 The Soil Microbiome 80

Chapter 7 Soil without Microbes 102

Chapter 8 The Plant Microbiome 121

Chapter 9 Your Microbiome Is a Park 142

Chapter 10 Our Microbiomes 161

Chapter 11 Germophobia and Microbiomania 179

Chapter 12 The Earth Microbiome 203

Acknowledgments 222

Notes 226

Index 265

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