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This #1 selling non-majors microbiology book is praised for its straightforward presentation of complex topics, careful balance of concepts and applications, and proven art that teaches. In its Tenth Edition, Tortora/Funke/Case responds to the #1 challenge of the microbiology course: teaching a wide range of reader levels, while still addressing reader under-preparedness. The Tenth Edition meets readers at their respective skill levels.
First, the book signals core microbiology content to readers with the new and highly visual Foundation Figures that readers need to understand before moving forward in a chapter. Second, the book gives readers frequent opportunities for self-assessment with the new Check Your Understanding questions that correspond by number to the chapter Learning Objectives. Then, a new “visual learning” orientation includes: an increased number of the popular Diseases in Focus boxes, newly illustrated end-of-chapter Study Outlines that provide students with visual cues to remind them of chapter content, and new end-of-chapter Draw It questions.
The all-new art program is contemporary without compromising Tortora/Funke/Case’s hallmark reputation for precision and clarity. Content revisions include substantially revised immunity chapters and an increased emphasis on antimicrobial resistance, bioterrorism, and biofilms. The new Get Ready for Microbiology workbook and online practice and assessment materials help readers prepare for the course.
Microbiology: An Introduction is a superb textbook. All the introductory microbiology materials are explained in remarkable details and simplicity. The figures that accompany the text are beautiful and very informative. The concepts are so clearly presented that it is easy to go back and read over a few chapters of this book to enhance and reinforce the understanding of particular subjects.
Intended for those interested in learning the basics of microbiology.
Gerard J. Tortora is a professor of biology and teaches microbiology, human anatomy, and physiology at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He received his M.A. in Biology from Montclair State College in 1965. He belongs to numerous biology/microbiology organizations, such as the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Education Association (NEA), New Jersey Educational Association (NJEA), and the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB). Jerry is the author of a number of biological science textbooks. In 1995, he was selected as one of the finest faculty scholars at Bergen Community College and was named Distinguished Faculty Scholar. In 1996, Jerry received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) excellence award from the University of Texas and was selected to represent Bergen Community College in a campaign to increase awareness of the contributions of community colleges to higher education.
Berdell R. Funke received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in microbiology from Kansas State University. He has spent his professional years as a professor of microbiology at North Dakota State University. He taught introductory microbiology, including laboratory sections, general microbiology, food microbiology, soil microbiology, clinical parasitology, and pathogenic microbiology. As a research scientist in the Experiment Station at North Dakota State, he has published numerous papers on soil microbiology and food microbiology.
Christine L. Case is a registered microbiologist and a professor of microbiology at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, where she has taught for the past 38 years. She received her Ed. D. in curriculum and instruction from Nova Southeastern University and her M.A. in microbiology from San Francisco State University. She was Director for the Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM). She received the ASM and California Hayward outstanding educator awards. In addition to teaching, Chris contributes regularly to professional literature, develops innovative educational methodologies, and maintains a personal and professional commitment to conservation and the importance of science in society. Chris is also an avid photographer, and many of her photographs appear in this book.
Table of Contents
|Fundamentals of Microbiology|
|The Microbial World and You|
|Observing Microorganisms Through a Microscope|
|Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells|
|The Control of Microbial Growth|
|Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA|
|A Survey of the Microbial World|
|Classification of Microorganisms|
|The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea|
|The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths|
|Viruses, Viroids, and Prions|
|Interaction Between Microbe and Host|
|Principles of Disease and Epidemiology|
|Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity|
|Innate Immunity: Nonspecific Defenses of the Host|
|Adaptive Immunity: Specific Defenses of the Host|
|Practical Applications of Immunology|
|Disorders Associated with the Immune System|
|Microorganisms and Human Disease|
|Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes|
|Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System|
|Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems|
|Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System|
|Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System|
|Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems|
|Environmental and Applied Microbiology|
|Applied and Industrial Microbiology|
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