Principles Of Microbial Diversity by James W. BrownPrinciples Of Microbial Diversity by James W. Brown

Principles Of Microbial Diversity

byJames W. Brown

Paperback | December 18, 2014

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Every speck of dust, drop of water, and grain of soil and each part of every plant and animal contain their own worlds of microbes.

Designed as a key text for upper-level undergraduates majoring in microbiology, genetics, or biology,Principles of Microbial Diversityprovides a solid curriculum for students to explore the enormous range of biological diversity in the microbial world. Within these richly illustrated pages, author and professor James W. Brown provides a practical guide to microbial diversity from a phylogenetic perspective in which students learn to construct and interpret evolutionary trees from DNA sequences. He then offers a survey of the "tree of life" that establishes the necessary basic knowledge about the microbial world. Finally, the author draws the student's attention to the universe of microbial diversity with focused studies of the contributions that specific organisms make to the ecosystem.

Principles of Microbial Diversityfills an empty niche in microbiology textbooks by providing an engaging, cutting-edge view of the "microbial zoo" that exists around us, covering bacteria, archaea, eukaryotes, and viruses.

James (Jim) W. Brown's lasting interest in microbiology was sparked by a single lecture on microbial diversity in an undergraduate microbiology class at Ball State University and by the announcement in that class of the discovery of an entirely new kind of living thing, the "archaebacteria." He went on to earn his MS in Microbiology at...
Title:Principles Of Microbial DiversityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:406 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:December 18, 2014Publisher:AMERICAN SOCIETY MICRLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1555814425

ISBN - 13:9781555814427

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents Acknowledgments Preface About the Author SECTION I Introduction to Microbial Diversity 1. What Is Microbial Diversity? 2. Context and Historical Baggage 3. Phylogenetic Information 4. Constructing a Phylogenetic Tree 5. Tree Construction Complexities 6. Alternatives to Small-Subunit rRNA Analysis 7. The Tree of Life SECTION II The Microbial Zoo 8. Primitive Thermophilic Bacteria 9. Green Phototrophic Bacteria 10. Proteobacteria 11. Gram-Positive Bacteria 12. Spirochetes and Bacteroids 13. Deinococci, Chlamydiae, and Planctomycetes 14. Bacterial Phyla with Few or No Cultivated Species 15. Archaea 16. Eukaryotes 17. Viruses and Prions SECTION III Microbial Populations 18. Identification of Uncultivated Organisms 19. Sequence-Based Microbial Surveys 20. Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization Surveys 21. Molecular Fingerprinting of Microbial Populations 22. Linking Phenotype and Phylotype SECTION IV Conclusion: The Phylogenetic Perspective 23. Genomics, Comparative Genomics, and Metagenomics 24. Origins and Early Evolution Index