We can't see them, but microbes are the dominant form of life on
Earth. They make up half of the world's biomass. They were here
billions of years before we were, and they will be here after we
are gone. Without their activity, life as we know it would be
impossible. Even within our own bodies, there are ten times as many
bacterial cells as human cells. "Understanding Microbes" provides a
clear, accessible introduction to this world of microbes.
As well as looking at a selection of infectious diseases,
including how they are prevented and treated, the book explores the
importance of microbes in the environment, in the production and
preservation of food, and their applications in biotechnology.
This lively and engaging book provides the basics of
microbiology, in a contemporary context. It will be equally useful
for students across the biological, environmental and health
sciences, and for the curious reader wanting to learn more about
this fascinating subject.A highly-readable, concise introduction to
the basics of microbiology placed in the context of the very latest
developments in molecular biology and their impact on the microbial
world. Numerous real-world examples range from how cows digest
grass to the role of microbes in cancer and the impact of climate
changeWell-illustrated in full colour throughout.Written by an
Author with a proven track record in teaching, writing and
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