The Practical Handbook of Microbiology presents basic knowledge about working with microorganisms in a clear and concise form. It also provides in-depth information on important aspects of the field—from classical microbiology to genomics—in one easily accessible volume.
This new edition retains the easy-to-use format of previous editions, with a logical presentation of frequently used reference data that enables readers to rapidly locate the information needed.
New chapters have been included in this edition, including a noteworthy one on the business aspects of microbiology that has been added to address the needs of investors looking to understand the science behind companies that they are contemplating funding and scientists that are interested in commercializing their research. In addition, chapters have been added on new microorganism-based disease and pathogenic mechanisms.
All chapters from the previous edition have been revised and updated. Major topics covered include almost all studied bacteria, and introductions to fungi, parasites, and viruses, as well as methods of culture collection, enumeration, and preservation of microorganisms, diagnostic medical microbiology, mechanisms of antimicrobial agents, and antibiotics and antifungal agents.
Although this book will be of use to anyone interested in the subject matter, it will be of particular benefit to specialized microbiologists as well as those who simply use microbiology as an adjunct to their own discipline, in finding relevant information quickly and easily.
Table of Contents
PRACTICAL INFORMATION AND PROCEDURES FOR MICROBIOLOGY
Sterilization, Disinfection, and Antisepsis; Michael G. Schmidt
Quantitation of Microorganisms; Peter S. Lee
Culturing and Preserving Microorganisms; Lorrence H. Green
Stains for Light Microscopy; Stuart Chaskes and Rita Austin
Identification of Gram-Positive Organisms; Peter M. Colaninno
Identification of Aerobic Gram-Negative Bacteria; Donna J. Kohlerschmidt, Lisa A. Mingle, and Nellie B. Dumas
Plaque Assay for Bacteriophage; Emanuel Goldman
Phage Identification of Bacteria; Catherine E.D. Rees, Lorrence H. Green, Emanuel Goldman, and Martin J. Loessner
Phage Display and Selection of Protein Ligands; Wlodek Mandecki, Emanuel Goldman, Inger Sandlie, and Geir Åge Løset
Diagnostic Medical Microbiology; Lorrence H. Green
Mechanisms of Action of Antibacterial Agents; Joseph Adrian L. Buensalido, Carmen E. DeMarco, and Stephen A. Lerner
Mechanisms of Action of Antifungal Agents; Stephanie A. Flowers and P. David Rogers
Mechanisms of Action of Antiviral Agents; Guido Antonelli and Ombretta Turriziani
Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing; Audrey Wanger
Bacterial Cell Wall: Morphology and Biochemistry; Jed F. Fisher and Shahriar Mobashery
Bacterial Cell Breakage or Lysis; Matthew E. Bahamonde
Major Culture Collections and Sources; Lorrence H. Green
Epidemiological Methods in Microbiology; Ashley Robinson
Business of Microbiology; Michael C. Nugent and Lorrence H. Green
INFORMATION ON INDIVIDUAL GENUS AND SPECIES, AND OTHER TOPICS
The Family Enterobacteriaceae; J. Michael Janda and Sharon L. Abbott
The Genus Pseudomonas; Shubham Chakravarty and Gregory G. Anderson
The Family Neisseriaceae; Yvonne A. Lue
Microbiological and Clinical Aspects of the Pathogenic Spirochetes; Charles Pavia
The Genus Vibrio and Related Genera; Seon Young Choi, Jongsik Chun, and Rita R. Colwell
Staphylococcus aureus and Related Staphylococci; Dominique Missiakas and Olaf Schneewind
Streptococcus; Vincent A. Fischetti and Patricia Ryan
The Genus Bacillus; Daniel R. Zeigler and John B. Perkins
Clostridium; Peter Dürre
The Genus Corynebacterium; Lothar Eggeling and Michael Bott
The Actinobacteria; Alan C. Ward and Nagamani Bora
The Family Rickettsiaceae; Magda Beier-Sexton, Timothy P. Driscoll, Abdu F. Azad, and Joseph J. Gillespie
Chlamydia; Lourdes G. Bahamonde
Mycoplasma and Related Organisms; Meghan May and Daniel R. Brown
The Genus Mycobacteria; Salman H. Siddiqi
The Genus Legionella; Alexander W. Ensminger, Eva M. Campodonico, and Craig R. Roy
Haemophilus species; Elisabeth Adderson
Listeria; Sukhadeo Barbuddhe, Torsten Hain, and Trinad Chakraborty
The Genus Campylobacter; Collette Fitzgerald, Janet Pruckler, Maria Karlsson, and Patrick Kwan
The Genus Helicobacter; Ernestine M. Vellozzi and Edmund R. Giugliano
The Genus Yersinia; Susan E. Sharp
The Genus Bordetella; Rita Austin and Tonya Shearin-Patterson
Other Gram-Negative Bacteria: Acinetobacter, Burkholderia, and Moraxella; Rebecca E. Colman and Jason W. Sahl
Selected Zoonotic Pathogens; Sanjay K. Shukla and Steven Foley
Other Anaerobic Bacteria: Bacteroides, Porphyromonas, Prevotella, Tannerella, Fusobacterium, and Gram-Positive Anaerobic Cocci; Joseph J. Zambon and Violet I. Haraszthy
Archaea; Sarah T. Gross
Overview of Biofilms and Some Key Methods for Their Study; Paramita Basu, Irvin N. Hirshfield, and Subit Barua
Introduction to Bacteriophages; Elizabeth Kutter and Emanuel Goldman
Phage Therapy: Bacteriophages as Natural, Self-Replicating Antimicrobials; Elizabeth Kutter
Introduction to Parasites; Purnima Bhanot and Fred Schuster
Fungi; Michael Dalto and Jeffrey Daniels
Introduction to Virology; Ken S. Rosenthal
Survey of Selected Clinical, Commercial, and Research-Model Eubacterial Species; Emanuel Goldman
Emanuel Goldman is a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics of the New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), a division of Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey. He earned his PhD in biochemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and performed postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School and at the University of California, Irvine, before joining the faculty of the New Jersey Medical School. Dr. Goldman has received numerous awards and honors. His research interests include the role of tRNA in the elongation of bacterial protein synthesis, including uncharged tRNA, codon bias, and programmed translational frameshifts. In addition to numerous scientific peer-reviewed publications and publications in the lay press, he has contributed a chapter to Zubay’s Biochemistry textbook and four chapters to the Encyclopedia of Life Sciences.
Lorrence H. Green is the president of Westbury Diagnostics, Inc., in Farmingdale, New York. He earned his PhD in cell and molecular biology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He then carried out recombinant DNA and genetic research at Harvard University. He then moved into the industry by joining Analytab Products Inc., a major manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic test kits. During the next 12 years, he helped to invent and manufacture more than 40 diagnostic test kits, and then founded Westbury Diagnostics. His main interests involve using technology in the development of commercial products and in being an entrepreneur who invests in and develops companies. He has spoken at many career day events, judged many regional science fairs, and helped dozens of people with applications to medical, nursing, and physician’s assistant schools and with starting companies. Dr. Green is on the steering committee, and a former chairman, of the microbiology section of the NY Academy of Sciences, as well as the long-time treasurer of the NYC branch of the ASM. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Advancement of Small Business.
"The 51 chapter handbook presents basic practical knowledge about working with microorganisms in a clear and concise format. It also provides in-depth information on important aspects of the field ranging from classical microbiology to genomics."
—Newsletter NYC Branch of the American Society for Microbiology