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Michael T. Madigan , John M. Martinko , Paul V. Dunlap , David P. Clark , Thomas Brock
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15 Feb 2008 0321536150 978-0321536150 12

The authoritative text for introductory microbiology, Brock Biology of Microorganisms continues its long tradition of impeccable scholarship, accuracy, and outstanding illustrations and photos. This book for biology, microbiology, and other science majors balances the most current science coverage with the concepts essential for understanding the field of microbiology. Now reorganized for greater flexibility and updated with findings from new research, the Twelfth Edition speaks to today’s students while maintaining the depth and precision science majors need.


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  • Paperback: 1168 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 12 edition (15 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321536150
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321536150
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michael T. Madigan received a bachelor’s degree in biology and education from Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point in 1971 and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 1974 and 1976, respectively, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Department of Bacteriology. His graduate work centered on hot spring phototrophic bacteria under the direction of Thomas D. Brock. Following three years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Microbiology, Indiana University, where he worked on phototrophic bacteria with Howard Gest, he moved to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he has been a Professor of Microbiology for nearly 30 years. He has coauthored Biology of Microorganisms since the fourth edition (1984) and teaches courses in introductory microbiology, bacterial diversity, and diagnostic and applied microbiology. In 1988 he was selected as the outstanding teacher in the SIU College of Science and in 1993 its outstanding researcher. In 2001 he received the university’s Outstanding Scholar Award. In 2003 he received the Carski Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching from the American Society for Microbiology. His research has primarily dealt with anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria, especially species that inhabit extreme environments, and he has graduated over 20 Masters and Ph.D students. He has published over 110 research papers, has coedited a major treatise on phototrophic bacteria, and has served as chief editor of the journal Archives of Microbiology. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journal Environmental Microbiology. His nonscientific interests include tree planting and caring for his dogs and horses. He lives beside a quiet lake about five miles from the SIUC campus with his wife, Nancy, four shelter dogs (Gaino, Snuffy, Pepto, and Merry), and three horses (Springer, Feivel, and Festus).


John M. Martinko received his B.S. in biology from The Cleveland State University. As an undergraduate student he participated in a cooperative education program, gaining experience in several microbiology and immunology laboratories. He worked for two years at Case Western Reserve University, conducting research on the structure, serology and epidemiology of Streptococcus pyogenes. He did his graduate work at the State University of New York at Buffalo, investigating antibody specificity and antibody idiotypes for his M.A. and Ph.D. in microbiology. As a postdoctoral fellow, he worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York on the structure of major histocompatibility complex proteins. Since 1981, he has been in the Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he is an Associate Professor and Director of the Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry Graduate Program. His current research involves manipulating immune reactions by inducing structural mutations in single-chain peptide-major histocompatibility protein complexes.  He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in immunology and he also teaches immunology, host defense, and infectious disease topics in a general microbiology course as well as to medical students.  He has been active in educational outreach programs for pre-university students and teachers.  For his educational efforts, he won the 2007 Southern Illinois University Outstanding Teaching Award.  He is also an avid golfer and cyclist.  John lives in Carbondale with his wife, Judy, a high school science teacher.


PAUL V. DUNLAP received his B.S. degree in microbiology from Oregon State University in 1975.  As an undergraduate student, he participated in research in marine microbiology in the laboratory of R.Y. Morita and served in his senior year as a teaching assistant for courses in microbiology, gaining experience in laboratory and field research and in teaching.  He then taught English in Japan until 1978, when he returned to the United States for graduate studies in biology with J.G. Morin at UCLA.  Research for his Ph.D. degree, awarded in 1984, addressed the ecology and physiology of bioluminescent symbiosis.  He then moved to Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, for post-doctoral studies with E.P. Greenberg on the genetic regulation of bacterial luminescence.  In 1986 he joined the faculty at New Mexico State University, and in 1989 moved to the Biology Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, where he worked for several years on quorum sensing and symbiosis in luminous bacteria before moving in 1996 to the University of Maryland’s Center of Marine Biotechnology in Baltimore.  In 2001, he joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  His research focuses on the systematics of luminous bacteria, microbial evolution, bioluminescent symbiosis, and quorum sensing.  He teaches a large undergraduate majors course in introductory microbiology and a senior/graduate level course in microbial diversity.  His nonscientific interests include family history research and the practice of aikido, a Japanese martial art.  He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife, daughter, and their Australian terrier.


DAVID P. CLARK grew up in Croydon, a London suburb. He won a scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge where he received his B.A. degree in natural sciences in 1973. In 1977 he received his Ph.D. from The University of Bristol, Department of Bacteriology, for work on the effect of cell envelope composition on the entry of antibiotics into Escherichia coli. He then left England to become a postdoctoral researcher studying the genetics of lipid metabolism in the laboratory of John Cronan at Yale University. A year later he moved with the same laboratory to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1981. His research has focused on the growth of bacteria by fermentation under anaerobic conditions. He has published over 70 research articles and graduated over 20 Masters and Ph.D students. In 1989 he won the College of Science Outstanding Researcher Award. In 1991 he was the Royal Society Guest Research Fellow at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, The University of Sheffield, England. He is the author of two books: Molecular Biology, Made Simple and Fun, now in its third edition, and Molecular Biology, Understanding the Genetic Revolution. He is unmarried and lives with two cats, Little George, who is orange and very nosey, and Mr. Ralph, who is mostly black and eats cardboard.


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5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is for You 4 Feb 2009
I originally bought this book to help me with my OU degree in Life Sciences. I hope to specialise in Micro-organisms. I also train Food Safety and wanted a deeper knowledge of bacteria. Believe me when I say that this book is the Dog's wotsits. It is absolutely brilliant. It covers everything down to cell and biochemical level. The graphics are beyond belief and the backup, via an interactive website, is second to none. I do not believe there is anything on the market to match this as I did take some time looking. It will be an indispensable reference book that I will use now and in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Microbiology Text 5 Oct 2005
Brock Biology of Microorganisms is one of the best student texts around today for Microbiology students, not only for undergraduate but is also a great help for postgraduate courses as well.
Nice to see a new edition which has managed to keep up with all the recent changes in the field
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"Brock" (as it's known!) is without doubt not just the best Microbiology textbook available but one of the best textbooks period. The book is logically set out, beginning with basic introductory material covering areas such as how we define a microorganism, cell structure, evolution, diversity and biochemistry before moving on to more complex general topics, including microbial growth, bioenergetics, catabolism and molecular biology. Brevia on Virology and Mycology are given, before moving on to the main sections on Bacteria and Archaea, arranged in terms of the taxonomy used in Bergey's Manual (the Microbiology Bible), going through the Proteobacteria by Class before covering Gram positive Bacteria and all the other various groups. Archaea are covered in more depth than you'd find in any other general Microbiology text, which is fantastic. The book ends with various applied topics such as medical Microbiology, Biotechnology, Ecology and Biogeochemistry.

The text is a very rich one - it's clearly laid out with a good use of colour and some absolutely beautiful photographs and photomicrographs, which are related directly to the text and serve to really reinforce points, rather than just to illustrate them. Concept Checks and Review Questions compliment each section and draw together material from other areas. As textbooks go, you really couldn't want anything more. With every edition, Brock just goes from strength to strengh.
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A great help at uni, simple and easy to understand also arrived really quickly. would definitely recommend to friends at uni.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The bible of microbiology. 16 Jan 2014
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Amazing book that has everything you could wish to know about microbiology in it. The item was exactly as described and for 1p, you can't go wrong. Very fast shopping too. Overall, a great item and experience.
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This book is great also it arrived in no time, excellent for all my course content great buy would deffo recommended book and seller
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I work in the field of microbiology. This book was recommended to me by a colleague. The book fully justified my expectations. It is really a pleasure for me to read it. Now I am a PhD student and Brock's Biology of Microorganisms is my desk book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 23 July 2013
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This is one of the few micro texts which encapsulates a general overview of the subject while making it easy to digest at the same time. The diagrams are easy to understand and there is plenty of supporting material. This should be an essential if you're studying microbiology for the first time.
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