The Garden of Microbial Delights: A Practical Guide to the Subvisible World

4.43 avg rating
( 7 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780151342907: The Garden of Microbial Delights: A Practical Guide to the Subvisible World

The Best Guide to Microscopic Organisms for the Beginner By David B Richman on July 27, 2004 Format: Hardcover This is a fascinating book containing delightful descriptions of the microbial world. It would be hard to find a better introduction to the numerous, yet poorly known, organisms found in every conceivable part of the earth's surface and deep within its oceans and soils. Sagan and Margulis cover everything from viruses to lichens, including such weird life forms as mycoplasmas, methanogens, slime bacteria, crypters, ray beings, slime nets, cellular slime molds, sea whirlers and chytrids. Sagan and Margulis provide a somewhat dated, but useful, annotated list of references and enough detail about the biology and observation of these organisms to whet the appetite for more. A short chapter on collecting and culturing the microbes is augmented by comments on collection and culture within the discussions of each taxon. If I have a criticism (other than the fact that the taxonomy is somewhat dated) it would be that the authors should have included a note on safety, as some of the cultures can produce pathogenic organisms. Given these occasional "nasties" it would be worthwhile to emphasize some sanitary precautions. That said, the study of microscopic life is much under rated in the United States (much more popular in Britain!) and perhaps books like "Garden of Microbial Delights," along with a recently published guide to bacteria, may correct that imbalance. It certainly would not hurt if more people became more aware of the teaming billions of organisms in their world, including a host that we depend on for our very existence. If you are at all interested in the microscopic inhabitants of the real world, even if you are not interested in observing them, you should read this book. ( Amazon customer review)

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Dorion Sagan, Lynn Margulis
Published by Harcourt (1988)
ISBN 10: 0151342903 ISBN 13: 9780151342907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Ergodebooks
(RICHMOND, TX, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151342903

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
24.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.02
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Sagan, Dorion, Margulis, Lynn
Published by Harcourt (1988)
ISBN 10: 0151342903 ISBN 13: 9780151342907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110151342903

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
33.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 1.51
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Dorion Sagan; Lynn Margulis
Published by Harcourt (1988)
ISBN 10: 0151342903 ISBN 13: 9780151342907
New Hardcover First Edition Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Rumford, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt, 1988. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0151342903

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
36.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Sagan, Dorion; Margulis, Lynn
Published by Harcourt
ISBN 10: 0151342903 ISBN 13: 9780151342907
New Hardcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Cloud 9 Books
(Wellington, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harcourt. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0151342903 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.0032363

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
46.83
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3.78
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds