Encyclopedia of Microbiology (Facts on File Science Library)


Anne Maczulak, Robert H., Ph.D. Ruskin


The more than 200 entries in Encyclopedia of Microbiology present the myriad ways in which microorganisms influence the biosphere. A global theme throughout the encyclopedia begins to become apparent: All microorganisms relate to each other just as all higher organisms relate to all other animate and inanimate things on Earth. Many of the encyclopedia’s entries include biographical sections on scientists who most influenced developments or discoveries in microbiology. Some of these luminaries, such as Louis Pasteur, have been examined in history for more than a century.  Other scientists who made critical contributions to  microbiology may have faded from the spotlight, but  his encyclopedia strives to describe the work accomplished by these equally important figures.

Encyclopedia of Microbiology’s second major theme relates to the incredible diversity of microorganisms. Microbiology covers areas such as mycology, the study of fungi, which includes organisms that can grow to an area of hundreds of square acres in soil. The science also ranges to the simplest biological entities of all: viruses. Viruses have evolved to such a simple structure that they can no longer live  on their own. The encyclopedia includes a discussion of infective agents that are even more streamlined  than viruses, but just as dangerous. These entities, called prions, contain little more than a protein, yet they infect as other pathogens do.

Book details

  • Publisher: Facts on File (April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816073643
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816073641


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