Microbiology began since ancient times when people learned to grind lenses from pieces of glass and combine them to produce magnifications great enough to enable microbes to be seen. Since then microorganisms are exceptionally attractive models for studying fundamental life processes. Microorganisms can be grown conveniently in test tubes or flasks, thus requiring less space and maintenance than larger plants and animals. Microbes grow rapidly and reproduce at an unusually high rate, some species of microbes undergo almost 100 generations in 24 hours period. The metabolic processes of microbes follow patterns that occur among higher plants and animals.
The contents are as under :
• Historical Foundations and Scope of Microbiology • General Characteristics and Taxonomy of Microorganisms • Methods in Microbiology • Prokaryotic Cells : The Bacteria and Mycoplasma • Eukaryotic Cells : The Microorganisms • Microbial Genetics • Microbial Physiology and Metabolism • Genetics of Bacteriophage • Miscellaneous Bacterial Diseases • Physical and Chemical Control Measures of Microorganisms • Microorganisms and Human Interactions • Tools and Techniques of Genetic Engineering • Soil and Aquatic Microbiology • Food and Industrial Microbiology • Nitrogen Fixation by Microorganisms • DNA and RNA Virus Diseases • Antimicrobial Drugs : Their Mechanism of Action • Fermentation and Symbiotic Interactions in Organisms • Immunotherapy and Immune Assays • Fungal Diseases • References • Index
The contents of this book will be helpful to the undergraduate and post-graduate students of Microbiology Biochemistry, Agriculture science and Food science.