For majors courses in Introductory Microbiology in departments of biology and microbiology, and for upper-level non-majors courses in Microbiology.
The authoritative text for introductory microbiology, Brock's Biology of Microorganisms continues its long tradition of impeccable scholarship, outstanding art, and accuracy. It balances the most current coverage with the major classical concepts essential for understanding the science. The authors' clear, accessible writing style speaks to today's students while maintaining the depth and precision science majors need.
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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 involved study of the biology of hot spring photosynthetic 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 photosynthetic bacteria with Howard Gest, he moved to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he is now Professor of Microbiology. He has been a coauthor of Biology of Microorganisms since the fourth edition (1984) and teaches courses in introductory microbiology and bacterial diversity. In 1988 he was selected as the outstanding teacher in the College of Science, and in 1993 its outstanding researcher. His research has dealt almost exclusively with anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria, especially those species that inhabit extreme environments. He has published nearly 85 research papers, has coedited a major treatise on photosynthetic bacteria, and is Chief Editor for North America of the journal Archives o f Microbiology. His nonscientific interests include reading, hiking, tree planting, and caring for his dogs and horses. He lives aside a quiet lake about five miles from the SIU campus with his wife, Nancy, two dogs, Willie and Plum, and King and Feenkonig (horses).
JOHN M. MARTINKO attended The Cleveland State University and majored in biology with a chemistry minor. As an undergraduate student he participated in a cooperative education program, gaining research experience in several microbiology and immunology laboratories. He then worked for two years at Case Western Reserve University as a laboratory manager, continuing his cooperative education research on the structure, serology, and epidemiology of Streptococcus pyogenes. He next went to the State University of New York at Buffalo where he did research on antibody specificity and idiotypes for his M.A. and Ph.D. (1978) 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 at Carbondale where he is currently the Chair and Associate Professor. His research interests include the effects of growth hormone on the immune response and the immunological identification of soybean brown stem rot disease. His teaching interests include undergraduate and graduate courses in immunology and a team-taught general microbiology course, where he is responsible for immunology, host defense, and infectious diseases. He lives with his wife Judy, a junior high school science teacher, and their daughters, Martha and Helen, in Carbondale where he has been active in coaching his daughters' soccer and softball teams. He tries to find time to play soccer and golf.
JACK PARKER received his bachelor's degree in biology and also received his doctoral degree in a biology program (Ph.D., Purdue University, 1973). However, his research project dealt with bacterial physiology and he completed his Ph.D. research while in the microbiology department at the University of Michigan. Following this he spent four years studying bacterial genetics at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He has taught courses in bacterial genetics, general genetics, human genetics, molecular biology, and molecular genetics, and has participated in courses in introductory microbiology, medical microbiology, and virology primarily at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he is now a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Dean of the College of Science. His research has been in the broad area of molecular genetics and gene expression and has been focused most specifically on studies of how cells control the accuracy of protein synthesis. He is the author of approximately 50 research papers. His home is on the edge of the Shawnee National Forest in deep southern Illinois where he lives with his wife, Beth, and three children, Justine, D'Arcy and Grant.From the Back Cover:
In the last 100 years a combination of traditional and molecular methods have forged microbiology into a premier experimental science. Moreover, the link between discovery and application in the field of microbiology, a classic example of which is depicted on the front cover of this book, has deep roots and becomes stronger all the time. One of the giants of early microbiology was the Dutchman, Martinus Beijerinck. Beijerinck is credited with many original discoveries in microbiology, especially in the area of enrichment and isolation of soil bacteria. Shown on the front cover is a page from Beijerinck's laboratory notebook dated June 9, 1887. On this page he made detailed notes and drawings about the bacteria that he cultured from the root nodules of leguminous plants-bacteria that were later discovered to fix atmospheric nitrogen and convert it into a form usable by the plant. Modern agriculture has exploited microbial nitrogen fixation by root nodule bacteria for the large-scale cultivation of nitrogen-fixing crops like peas and soybeans. The paintings of bacterial cells that overlay the notebook page, done in large format by Beijerinck's sister, Henriëtte, were Beijerinck's way of illustrating his microscopic observations during his lectures in an era long before slide projectors and computer presentations.
Over the past 30 years eight editions of Biology of Microorganisms have introduced the field of microbiology to hundreds of thousands of students. As we enter a new millennium, this ninth edition of Brock Biology of Microorganisms promises to be a classic among microbiology textbooks with its modern treatment of microbiology firmly rooted in fundamental principles.
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