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3rd Edition

Practical Handbook of Microbiology

ISBN 9781466587397
Published June 4, 2015 by CRC Press
1055 Pages 9 Color & 116 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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

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

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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