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This fascinating volume introduces the general public to the microbial universe, stressing the essential role microbes play in our daily lives. Its 24 chapters explain, in non-technical language, all the important principles of microbiology, the nature of microbial life, and how microbes interact with the environment and with other living organisms, including humans.
Through a lively historical approach, the author pays tribute to the pioneers of microbiology and biological chemistry who discovered the microbes responsible for diseases that were the scourges of man, animals, and plants, and ways to combat them; explained how the activities of many microbes benefit higher forms of life directly and through their effects on the biosphere; and devised procedures for exploiting microbes as tools of biotechnology for improvements in medical treatments, agriculture, waste disposal, and more.
Designed to educate a diverse readership, Microbes provides the background and basic information needed to develop informed opinions on issues affecting our health and the preservation of the natural biosphere.
Enjoyable reading for the non-scientist and scientist alike.