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Brock Biology of Microorganisms

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The authoritative #1 textbook for introductory majors microbiology, Brock Biology of Microorganisms continues to set the standard for impeccable scholarship, accuracy, and outstanding illustrations and photos. This book for biology, microbiology, and other science majors balances cutting edge research with the concepts essential for understanding the field of microbiology.

In addition to a new co-author, David Stahl, who brings coverage of cutting edge microbial ecology research and symbiosis to a brand new chapter (Chapter 25), a completely revised overview chapter on Immunology (Chapter 28), a new “Big Ideas” section at the end of each chapter, and a wealth of new photos and art make the Thirteenth Edition better than ever. Brock Biology of Microorganisms speaks to today’s students while maintaining the depth and precision science majors need.


An evolutionary theme integrated throughout enables instructors to convey the modern view of evolution and gives students material that has been unified within a consistent and thematic context, making concepts easier to grasp.

Units 1 and 2 are organized around foundational topics, providing an overview for the course and giving instructors flexibility to teach the later units in any order they wish.

Unique coverage on Archael and Eukaryotic Molecular Biology (Chapter 7) gives instructors material they won’t find anywhere else.

Unparalleled illustration and photo program gives students a clear and fascinating view into the microbial world. Illustrations and photos are often paired in a single figure to give students an idealized view next to a realistic view and to reinforce the connection between theory and practice.

Microbial Sidebars, richly illustrated vignettes, present interesting topical material related to a chapter’s central theme. Several new sidebars that cover relevant and cutting-edge techniques including CRISPR Anti-Viral Defense System, Combinatorial Fluorescence Labeling, Bacterial Genomes, and Microbial Symbionts of Fungus-Cultivating Ants.

New To This Edition

New co-author Dave Stahl brings his unique expertise to the book by expanding and updating the Microbial Ecology coverage and writing a brand new chapter on Symbiosis (Chapter 25). Chapters 22-24 are heavily revised to incorporate recent changes in this field.

New Symbiosis chapter (Chapter 25) ties the core topics of the book–health, diversity, and the human ecosystem–into one central place.

New Big Ideas sections at the end of each chapter review the core principles in the chapter by summarizing each section in 2-3 sentences.

New MiniQuizzes are critical thinking questions that appear after every section within the chapters and signal students to stop, review, and check their understanding before proceeding to the next section.

A thoroughly updated art program ensures that a consistent style is applied throughout the text and makes the art more accessible to students. Art revisions include new styles for cells and cell membranes so that they look more dimensional and realistic; new dimensional style for DNA so that gene regions are more clearly identified and easier to read; metabolism figures and other pathway processes have been simplified and now include colored type to enhance ease of reading; and the figurative art is new to look more dimensional and consistent.

The Immunology coverage in chapter 28 has been revised to present an overview of the fundamental concepts. This chapter allows instructors to cover immunology at a generalized level. Instructors that like to go into more detail can build on the core principles taught in Chapter 28 by covering Immune Mechanisms (Chapter 29) and Molecular Immunology (Chapter 30).

Expanded coverage of Genomics appears in the Virology and Genetics section.

Quantitative questions have been added to the website to allow students to test their knowledge at a higher level.

These questions are completely new and are available at the MyMicrobiologyPlace™ website.

Expanded coverage of hot topics—such as emerging infectious diseases, biofilms, and genomics—provides exciting material to draw students in to the content.



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