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Our high level environmental microbiology books bring together expert international authors under the skilled editorship of leading scientists to produce state-of-the-art compendiums of current research. Aimed at the research scientist, graduate student, medical reseacher and other professionals, these books are highly recommended for all environmental microbiology laboratories. Every environmental microbiology, microbiology and bioscience library should have a copy of each of the following books.
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MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry in Microbiology
Edited by: Markus Kostrzewa and Sören Schubert
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-41-8 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-42-5 £159, $319
In this timely and up-to-date book, experts in the field provide an overview of the application of MALDI-TOF MS in key areas of microbiology and discuss the impact this modern technology is having on laboratory practice and patient outcome. Several chapters cover applications in clinical and veterinary diagnostic laboratories, food microbiology, environmental microbiology and strain collections. Further chapters discuss the utilization of MALDI-TOF MS for the analysis of challenging microbial groups such as yeast and anaerobic bacteria. In addition, new applications such as microbial typing, DNA analysis and the detection of antibiotic resistance are also covered. The final chapter provides a valuable overview of potential future trends and developments in MALDI-TOF MS and assesses the impact of the technology in microbiology. This authoritative volume will be indispensable for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Acidophiles: Life in Extremely Acidic Environments
Edited by: Raquel Quatrini and D. Barrie Johnson
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-33-3 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-34-0 £159, $319
Written by experts in their field, this important volume provides a comprehensive account of acidophilic microbiology from fundamental to applied aspects. The seventeen chapters are arranged in five sections, each dealing with a specific area. The first section looks at the challenges faced by life-forms that grow in extremely acidic environments and how they adapt to meet these challenges. The next section describes the physiological and phylogenetic diversities of acidophilic microorganisms including archaea, bacteria and eukaryotes. Section three covers acidophile community dynamics, quorum sensing and the formation of biofilms. The next section deals with the various omic technologies that are used to study acidophiles including genomic and metagenomic studies, proteomic-, mobilomic- and metabolomic-focused research. The final section considers the ways in which acidophiles are used in established and emerging biotechnologies and describes why these fascinating microorganisms are considered potential candidates for life on other solar bodies, such as Mars, and beyond. This up-to-date and comprehensive book will be indispensable for environmental scientists and microbiologists and is a recommended acquisition for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Climate Change and Microbial Ecology: Current Research and Future Trends
Edited by: Jürgen Marxsen
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-31-9 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-32-6 £159, $319
In this book, a broad range of renowned scientists reviews the most important hot-topics in the area of climate change and microbial ecology, thus providing a timely and authoritative overview of this increasingly important area. Individual chapters cover the various ecosystems on Earth as well as the different groups of microorganisms with respect to different cycles of matter. In addition, special chapters cover applied aspects, such as land-use and geoengineering. This is an essential book for every microbial ecologist from the PhD student to the experienced scientist and is also recommended for everyone interested in the field of global climate change. read more ...
Biofilms in Bioremediation: Current Research and Emerging Technologies
Edited by: Gavin Lear
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-29-6 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-30-2 £159, $319
In this book, renowned scientists from around the world provide up-to-date and authoritative reviews of the latest scientific research that has contributed to our understanding of the vital importance of microbial biofilms for the biological remediation of contaminated environments. The results of a variety of key case studies are presented to highlight the broad range of treatment approaches and applications at our disposal. In addition, the authors discuss the future trends and likely growth areas in biofilm-related research. This comprehensive volume is indispensable for anyone involved in bioremediation, biofilm research or environmental microbiology. It is also recommended as a reference work for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Microalgae: Current Research and Applications
Edited by: Maria-Nefeli Tsaloglou
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-27-2 £129, $259. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-28-9 £129, $259
In this concise book, expert authors describe the latest research and newest approaches to the study of these important organisms, as well as covering the more traditional methods such as morphotaxonomy. The reader is first provided with practical information on cultivation of phytoplankton, growth media and division rates for different algal species, optical techniques and automated instrumentation, such as flow cytometry. Furthermore, methods and approaches to study gene expression and regulation in phytoplankton are reviewed. A separate chapter is dedicated to the discussion of algal blooms and their effects on local environments. Coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi and bioluminescent microalgae are thoroughly reviewed by experts in those fields. Finally, this book reviews the state-of-the-art of microfluidic and in situ sensors for phytoplankton identification. This volume is an authoritative and contemporary review of current research on microalgae. It could be an indispensable tool for anyone working in this field, or who wishes to learn more about these microorganisms. read more ...
Gas Plasma Sterilization in Microbiology: Theory, Applications, Pitfalls and New Perspectives
Edited by: Hideharu Shintani and Akikazu Sakudo
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-25-8 £129, $259. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-26-5 £129, $259
The book opens with introductory chapters that explain the background and principles of gas plasma sterilization and outline the possible mechanisms of action. Requirements for achieving the 'gold-standard' sterilization level i.e. a sterility assurance level (SAL) of 10-6, is also covered. The next eight chapters cover applications of this technology: these range from the inactivation of spores and endotoxins to inactivation of viruses and seed-borne plant pathogens. The final chapters tackle sterilization validation (from several ISO documents), common data-interpretation errors and speculate about future trends. This book is an indispensable reference for students, microbiologists, engineers, and laboratory scientists interested in sterilization and decontamination. read more ...
Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment
Edited by: Anna M. Romaní, Helena Guasch and M. Dolors Balaguer
Published: 2016
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-17-3 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-18-0 £159, $319
This book is a concise review of the current knowledge on aquatic biofilms with an emphasis on the characteristics and ecology of biofilms in natural ecosystems and a focus on biofilm applications linked to water pollution problems. The volume is divided into three sections: Biofilms Mode of Life; Biofilms and Pollution; and New Technologies using Biofilms. In the first section the aquatic biofilm mode of life is described and reviewed. Key aspects covered include the three-dimensional structure and cell to cell communication of biofilms, their dynamic prokaryotic diversity and their vital role in biogeochemical cycles. In the second part of the book the use of biofilms in water quality is comprehensively covered. Chapters discuss biofilms in water quality, environmental risk assessment, monitoring and ecotoxicological approaches. Further topics include biofilm development in sewage pipes and the potential for microbial transformations in these systems. The final section focuses on important examples of novel technologies based on biofilms for water treatment, including the biodegradation of pollutants, the application of bioelectrogenic biofilms, and the biofilm capacity for nitrogen removal. With contributions from ecologists, engineers and microbiologists this book presents scientists and technicians with up-to-date knowledge and a clear understanding of aquatic biofilms from different and complementary points of view. An essential reference book for anyone working with biofilms. read more ...
Thermophilic Microorganisms
Edited by: Fu-Li Li
Published: 2015
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-13-5 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-14-2 £159, $319
In this book leading scientists highlight the current progress in the most topical areas of research providing a timely overview of the field. The book reviews the ecology, enzymology and genetics of thermophiles and includes topics on the diversity and ecological roles of thermophiles, biochemical properties of thermostable biocatalysts and their applications, polyamines and the impact of viruses on thermophiles, DNA replication and metabolic engineering of thermophiles, and much more. An important feature of the book is the extensive focus on the industrial application of thermostable catalysts including alcohol dehydrogenase, glycoside hydrolase, protease and lipases. In addition the authors discuss current technical challenges and future development trends. The book is of major importance to academic microbiologists as well as those interested in industrial applications and is a recommended guide for scientists in the fields of microbiology, enzymology, molecular biology and ecology. read more ...
Flow Cytometry in Microbiology: Technology and Applications
Edited by: Martin G. Wilkinson
Published: 2015
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-11-1 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-12-8 £159, $319
In this text renowned authors have brought together a wealth of experience demonstrating the power and limitations of flow cytometry as it currently stands in the field of microbiology. The book commences with an overview of flow cytometry from Professor Howard Shapiro one of the most eminent scientists in the area of flow cytometry. Further chapters discuss cytometry technology and applications in environmental biotechnology, microbial community fingerprinting, clinical microbiology, lactic acid bacteria, spore forming bacteria, yeasts and fungi, water analysis and chip-based cytometry assays. The final chapter describes the adoption of flow cytometry to routine water quality analysis in Switzerland and provides a fascinating case study of how this emerging microbial technology overcame technical, regulatory and practical issues to become a standard rapid quality control methodology. The book provides a thorough description of flow cytometry and includes practical and up-to-date information aimed specifically at microbiologists. A major work on flow ctyometry for microbiologists, this book should be available in all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Corynebacterium glutamicum: From Systems Biology to Biotechnological Applications
Edited by: Andreas Burkovski
Published: 2015
Book: ISBN 978-1-910190-05-0 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-06-7 £159, $319
This book provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge and research on C. glutamicum systems biology and biotechnological applications. Written by a team of prominent scientists under the expert editorship of Andreas Burkovski, the topics covered include: proteomics; flux analysis technology for metabolic analysis; metabolic engineering for alternative carbon source utilization; manipulation of nitrogen metabolism; transport, degradation and assimilation of aromatic compounds and their regulation; engineering for production of organic acids and alcohols; microbial factory for the production of polyesters; biotechnological application under oxygen deprivation; the secretory production of heterologous proteins; genetically-encoded biosensors. Packed with practical information and state-of-the-art science this concise volume is an essential handbook for everyone working with Corynebacterium and related organisms in academia, biotechnology companies, and the pharmaceutical industry and is a recommended volume for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Bacteria-Plant Interactions: Advanced Research and Future Trends
Edited by: Jesús Murillo, Boris A. Vinatzer, Robert W. Jackson and Dawn L. Arnold
Published: 2015
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-58-4 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-00-5 £159, $319
In this book a team of respected scientists review the most important current topics to provide a timely overview. The topics covered include: type III secretion systems and their role in the bacterial-host interaction; the Pseudomonas and Erwinia model systems and their application to other studies; the emerging plant pathogen Acidovorax; the Gram-positive phytopathogens Clavibacter, Streptomyces, and Rhodococcus; colonisation of plants by human bacterial pathogens; Pseudomonas biocontrol approaches; and phage therapy. Essential reading for every plant pathogen researcher, from the PhD student to the experienced scientist, and recommended reading for researchers working on foodborne pathogens and bacterial pathogenesis. read more ...
Edited by: Joerg Graf
Published: 2015
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-56-0 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-57-7 £159, $319
Dedicated to the genus Aeromonas, this book provides a comprehensive overview of current knowledge and authoritative research on the organisms, their taxonomy, ecology and pathogenicity. Written by a team of prominent scientists under the expert editorship of Joerg Graf, the topics covered include taxonomy, fish pathogens, infections in humans, beneficial associations, antigen structures, virulence mechanisms, molecular diagnostics and Aeromonas in food and water. Packed with practical information and state-of-the-art science this concise volume is an essential handbook for everyone involved with Aeromonas research or clinical diagnosis and is a recommended purchase for all microbiology and clinical libraries. read more ...
Acanthamoeba: Biology and Pathogenesis (2nd edition)
Author: Naveed Ahmed Khan
Published: 2015
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-50-8 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-51-5 £159, $319
This new edition is an essential reference text for parasitologists, microbiologists, immunologists, and physicians in the field of basic and medical microbiology, as well as an invaluable reference for new and experienced researchers who wish to understand this organism better. This book is the definitive guide to current research on this increasingly important organism. read more ...
Microarrays: Current Technology, Innovations and Applications
Edited by: Zhili He
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-49-2 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-59-1 £159, $319
Written by expert authors this book is focused on current microarray technologies and their applications in environmental microbiology. In the first chapter microarray technologies and applications are briefly introduced and in following chapters microarray probe design, development and evaluation, and data analysis are described in detail. In later chapters, more attention is paid to phylogenetic arrays (e.g., PhyloChip) and functional gene arrays (e.g., GeoChip). These generic tools for analyzing microbial communities from disparate environments, ecosystems, and habitats including soil, water, sediment, animals and humans, are described in detail with examples of specific applications. Also included are microarrays for analyzing microbial communities from specific environments, such as soil, bioleaching ecosystems, and human microbiomes, and microarrays for detecting specific microorganisms (e.g., pathogens) in the environment. The authors also discuss the advantages and limitations of microarray technologies compared to high throughput sequencing technologies. This book is a valuable and useful source of information about microarrays for microbial community analysis and is recommended for anyone working on microbial communities, biofilms or environmental microbiology. read more ...
Metagenomics of the Microbial Nitrogen Cycle: Theory, Methods and Applications
Edited by: Diana Marco
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-48-5 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-60-7 £159, $319
Written by renowned researchers specialised in the most relevant and emerging topics in the field, this book provides comprehensive information on the new theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of metagenomics and other 'omics' approaches used to study the microbial N cycle. Recommended for microbiologists, environmental scientists and anyone interested in microbial communities, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics of the microbial N cycle. This volume provides a thorough account of the contributions of metagenomics to microbial N cycle background theory, reviews state-of-the-art investigative methods and explores new applications in water treatment, agricultural practices and climate change, among others. read more ...
Biofuels: From Microbes to Molecules
Edited by: Xuefeng Lu
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-45-4 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-63-8 £159, $319
In this book a panel of international experts reviews the most important hot-topics in this area to provide a timely overview. The production of different biofuel molecules including hydrogen, methane, ethanol, butanol, higher chain alcohols, isoprenoids and fatty acid derivatives, from genetically engineered microbes, is comprehensively covered. Special focus is given to the use of metabolic engineering of microbes, including bacteria, yeast and microalgae, to enhance biofuel production. In addition authors discuss current research progress, technical challenges and future development trends for biofuel production. Essential reading for research scientists, graduate students, and other specialists interested in microbial biofuels, the book is also recommended reading for environmental microbiologists, chemists and engineers. read more ...
Halophiles: Genetics and Genomes
Edited by: R. Thane Papke and Aharon Oren
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-42-3 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-65-2 £159, $319
This book highlights current genetics and genomics research to provide a timely overview. Chapters are written by expert authors from around the world and include topics such as: ecology and evolution of Haloquadratum walsbyi; microdiversity of Salinibacter ruber; horizontal gene transfer in halobacteria; comparative genomics of haloarchaeal viruses; genomics of the halophilic bacteria Natranaerobius thermophilus and Halobacillus halophilus; the haloarchaeal cell wall; cell cycle and polyploidy in haloarchaea; cell regulation by proteolytic systems and protein conjugation. This major new work represents a valuable source of information to all those scientists interested in halophilic microorganisms, extremophiles, microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. read more ...
The Cell Biology of Cyanobacteria
Edited by: Enrique Flores and Antonia Herrero
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-38-6 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-92-8 £159, $319
In this book, leading senior scientists and young researchers review the current key topics in cyanobacterial cell biology to provide a timely overview. Topics covered include: historical background; cell division; the cell envelope; the thylakoid membrane; protein targeting, transport and translocation; chromatic acclimation; the carboxysome; glycogen as a dynamic storage of photosynthetically fixed carbon; cyanophycin; gas vesicles; motility in unicellular and filamentous cyanobacteria; cellular differentiation in filamentous cyanobacteria; and cell-cell joining proteins in heterocyst-forming cyanobacteria. This cutting-edge text will provide a valuable resource for all those working in this field and is recommended for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Myxobacteria: Genomics, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Edited by: Zhaomin Yang and Penelope I. Higgs
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-34-8 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-96-6 £159, $319
In this book, expert myxobiologists describe important recent advances in understanding the behaviour of these bacteria at a molecular and cellular level. The book covers ecology, genomics and cell biology as well as modelling and simulation on topics including motility, development and their associated genetic regulatory networks. Authors provide the most up-to-date overview on myxobacteria and highlight open questions in the active areas of research. The book will serve as an essential reference for everyone working with myxobacteria. Chapters have been written and structured to be accessible to teachers, graduate and advanced undergraduate students new to myxobacteria, as well as experts in other fields including physical and computational sciences. read more ...
Omics in Soil Science
Edited by: Paolo Nannipieri, Giacomo Pietramellara and Giancarlo Renella
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-32-4 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-94-2 £159, $319
This volume presents the state-of-the-art of omic applications in soil science, a field that is advancing rapidly on many fronts. Distinguished authors describe the application of metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and proteomics to soil science. In particular the book covers the current and emerging omics techniques and the contribution of these approaches to a better assessment of soil functionality. The authors also explore the specific problems encountered in the application of various omics technologies to soil science and the future research requirements necessary to overcome the current limitations in this area. Topics covered include soil functional genomics, soil metagenomics, soil microbial ecology, soil metatranscriptomics, soil proteomics, soil volatilomics and soil proteogenomics. Omics techniques are also discussed in comparison with classical techniques. This book is both a practical guide and a recommended reference volume for all soil scientists. read more ...
Applications of Molecular Microbiological Methods
Edited by: Torben L. Skovhus, Sean M. Caffrey and Casey R.J. Hubert
Published: 2014
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-31-7 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-69-0 £159, $319
This book, written by international experts in the field, presents emerging molecular methods that allow the diversity of a microbial community to be surveyed and its functions to be investigated. The first part of the book provides examples of the application of molecular microbiological methods in various industrial applications. Part two deals with the identification of microorganisms in medical settings while the third part presents case studies that use molecular methods to assess the structure and function of microbial communities in natural environments. The fourth part of the book describes in greater detail the methods and technologies featured in the preceding case studies including metagenomics, stable isotope probing, fluorescence in situ hybridization, quantitative PCR, reverse transcription PCR and single cell methods. These detailed descriptions enable readers to evaluate the applicability of various tools for approaching questions and case studies of their own. This practical, authoritative and up-to-date volume is a valuable resource for anyone applying or developing molecular methods in any area of microbiology and is a recommended acquisition for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Cold-Adapted Microorganisms
Edited by: Isao Yumoto
Published: 2013
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-26-3 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-90-4 £159, $319
In this up-to-date book, prominent authors present cutting-edge knowledge and current concepts on cold-adapted microorganisms. Divided into three main sections the book covers the major aspects of biodiversity in cold ecosystems, the physiology and molecular adaptation mechanisms, and the various biomolecules related to cold adaptation. Individual chapters cover the various habitats and the diverse strategies employed to cope with the cold. This major new work represents a valuable source of information to all those scientists interested in cold-adapted microorganisms, extremophiles, microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. read more ...
Microbial Efflux Pumps: Current Research
Edited by: Edward W. Yu, Qijing Zhang and Melissa H. Brown
Published: 2013
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-21-8 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-86-7 £159, $319
Infectious diseases caused by bacteria remain a leading cause of death worldwide. Many of the antibiotics developed to combat bacterial infections have been rendered almost impotent due to the rapid evolution and spread of antibiotic resistance. A common and major resistance mechanism, the efflux system, enables bacteria to extrude structurally diverse antimicrobials, facilitating survival in toxic environments. The pumps also have important physiological functions, play major roles in bacterial pathogenesis and are distributed widely across diverse bacterial species. In addition a single species may harbour several different types of efflux systems: of these, active efflux has proven to be one of the most successful detoxification mechanisms used by both Gram-positive and -negative pathogens. Unravelling the intricacies of the microbial efflux systems is essential for the development of new strategies to overcome antimicrobial resistance. This has inspired a plethora of multidisciplinary research projects that have focused on the biochemistry, bioinformatics, structural and molecular biology of this fascinating field. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, this book reviews the most important current research and summarizes the most spectacular discoveries. Essential reading for all scientists with an interest in drug and antibiotic resistance in a range of different microorganisms. read more ...
Oral Microbial Ecology: Current Research and New Perspectives
Edited by: Nicholas S. Jakubovics and Robert J. Palmer Jr.
Published: 2013
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-17-1 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-82-9 £159, $319
Expert authors from around the world provide an update on recent developments in the burgeoning field of oral microbial ecology. The focus of the book is on the most topical areas in oral microbiology and the volume is a major new work in the field. The chapters are arranged into five sections: microbial populations in oral biofilms, the structure of oral biofilms, communication and sensing within biofilms, health to disease - the microbial community perspective, and new approaches for oral biofilm control. Specialist authors contribute chapters on various topics including population biology, detection and culture of novel oral bacteria, bacterial catabolism of salivary substrates, structural organization of oral biofilms, the extracellular polysaccharides matrix, extracellular proteins and DNA in the matrix, a holistic view of inter-species bacterial interactions, environmental sensory perception, microbial community interactions of Streptococcus mutans, biofilms in periodontal health and disease, oral biofilms as a reservoir for pathogens, oral biofilms as a device for therapeutic agents, and probiotics in oral healthcare. The book is an essential text for scientists interested in oral microbiology, bacterial communities and biofilms and is recommended reading for anyone working in the areas of oral health, and the pathogenesis of dental caries and periodontal disease. A recommended book for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Bioremediation of Mercury: Current Research and Industrial Applications
Edited by: Irene Wagner-Döbler
Published: 2013
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-13-3 £120, $240. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-78-2 £120, $240
In this timely book, established mercury experts review the latest research in this area, including the genetic engineering of bacteria and plants. The gap between laboratory research and field application is bridged using case studies: An abandoned chlor-alkali electrolysis factory in Kazhakhstan, a former PVC plant in Albania, and the Madeira River Basin in the Amazon region. The remaining chapters cover: the mercury-cell process of the chlor-alkali electrolysis industry; a pilot plant for wastewater bioremediation; and a comparison of the efficiency of microbial bioremediation to clean-up three types of industrial wastewater. The book covers the complete range from laboratory scale research to full scale industrial operation and shows a multitude of options for future mercury bioremediation technologies. Essential reading for research scientists, graduate students, and other specialists interested in mercury bioremediation, the book is also recommended reading for environmental microbiologists, chemists and engineers. read more ...
Horizontal Gene Transfer in Microorganisms
Edited by: M. Pilar Francino
Published: 2012
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-10-2 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-72-0 £159, $319
Under the expert guidance of the editor, M. Pilar Francino, expert authors from around the world have contributed novel work and comprehensive, up-to-date reviews on the most topical aspects of horizontal gene transfer in microorganisms. Topics include: gene survival in emergent genomes, evolution of prokaryotic pangenomes, horizontal transfer of host-adaptability systems, barriers to horizontal gene transfer, evolution of horizontally transferred genes, lateral gene transfer in natural ecosystems, maintenance of plasmids among bacteria, mobile genetic elements in metagenomes, and the evolution of antibiotic resistance genes. Aimed primarily at research scientists, graduate students and other experts, this book is a major resource for anyone interested in horizontal gene transfer, microbial evolution or antibiotic resistance in bacteria. A recommended book for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Microbial Ecological Theory: Current Perspectives
Edited by: Lesley A. Ogilvie and Penny R. Hirsch
Published: 2012
Book: ISBN 978-1-908230-09-6 £120, $240. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-71-3 £120, $240
Written for graduate students and academic researchers, the book aims to encourage cross-disciplinary thinking and provide direction and perspective on the still fledgling field of microbial ecological theory. This volume is highly recommended for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Two-Component Systems in Bacteria
Edited by: Roy Gross and Dagmar Beier
Published: 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-08-9 £180, $360
In this book, expert authors from around the world present the current knowledge on two-component systems in bacteria and critically evaluate the vast amount of exciting new information that has been brought to light in recent years. The eighteen chapters cover various topics including the structure-function analysis of two-component systems, the sensing mechanisms, essential or atypical two-component systems and signaling networks, two-component systems in stress responses, two-component systems in developmental processes, and two-component systems in virulence and symbiosis. The aim of this book is to provide a comprehensive overview of the area for graduate students, academic scientists and researchers in the pharmaceutical industry. This major reference work is essential reading for everyone working on bacterial regulation or antimicrobial drug design and a recommended volume for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Foodborne and Waterborne Bacterial Pathogens: Epidemiology, Evolution and Molecular Biology
Edited by: Shah M. Faruque
Published: 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-06-5 £159, $319
Food- and waterborne pathogens continue to be a major cause of mortality in developing countries and cause significant morbidity in developed nations. Important pathogens include species or strains of Salmonella, Vibrio, Shigella, Escherichia coli, Yersinia, Staphylococcus and Campylobacter. Understanding the molecular basis of pathogenesis, its evolution and spread is critical to the development of new strategies for disease prevention and control. The application of genomic and other omics technologies in recent years has led to a deluge of information in this area, making it difficult for the busy researcher to keep abreast of developments. This timely book aims to capture the essence of the latest developments to provide a timely overview of the field. Written by leading bacteriologists, chapters cover all the important bacteria and review topics such as pathogenic properties, population genetics, virulence genes, evolution, drug resistance, epidemiology, detection, identification and control strategies. Other topics include the molecular basis for enhanced transmissibility of waterborne pathogens, their mode of survival in the environment, and the evolution of new species with increased fitness both as pathogens and environmental organisms. Essential reading for microbiologists working with these and related pathogens. read more ...
Stress Response in Microbiology
Edited by: Jose M. Requena
Published: 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-04-1 £180, $360
In this book, expert authors from around the world summarise the current knowledge on microbial stress response and comprehensively review the recent findings that have greatly advanced the understanding of stress response systems. Each chapter is devoted to a particular organism or group of organisms including Gram-negative bacteria, Streptococcus,Neisseria, Listeria monocytogenes, Bacillus cereus, Salmonella, Yersinia, Vibrio, Mycobacterium, mycoplasmas, yeast, Plasmodium falciparum, Toxoplasma gondii, Leishmania, Trypanosoma cruzi, Trypanosoma brucei and Entamoeba histolytica. In addition to providing an up-to-date review of current trends the authors also describe the challenges for future research and provide comprehensive reference sections. The volume represents a major collection of information and knowledge across a wide range of microorganisms and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in stress response. A highly recommended book for anyone interested in stress response, regulatory networks, environmental microbiology or the pathogenicity of microorganisms. read more ...
Bacterial Regulatory Networks
Edited by: Alain A.M. Filloux
Published: 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-03-4 £180, $360
Renowned authors under the expert guidance of the editor Alain A.M. Filloux, have contributed authoritative, up-to-date reviews of the current research and theories on regulatory networks in bacteria. The volume contains critical reviews written by the leading research scientists in this topical field. The authors fully explore various regulatory networks, discuss variations of common themes and provide fresh insights into bacterial regulatory mechanisms. Topics include: the sigma network in Escherichia coli, control of bacterial virulence, ECF sigma factors, quorum sensing, cyclic di-GMP, RNA-mediated regulation, the H-NS regulator, two-component regulatory systems, bacterial chemotaxis, regulation of iron homeostasis, anaerobic regulatory networks, bacterial bistable regulatory networks, and evolution of transcription factors and regulatory networks. This book is essential reading for everyone interested in gene expression and regulation in bacteria and is a recommended text for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Extremophiles: Microbiology and Biotechnology
Edited by: Roberto Paul Anitori
Published: 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-98-1 £159, $319
This book highlights the current and topical areas of research in this rapidly growing field. Expert authors from around the world provide the latest insights into the mechanisms these fascinating organisms use to survive. The topics covered include the ability of acidophiles to maintain a neutral intracellular pH, the way that psychrophiles 'loosen up' their proteins at low temperatures, and other equally ingenious adaptations and metabolic strategies that extremophiles use to survive and flourish under extreme conditions. The book also covers the established biotechnological uses of extremophiles and the most recent and novel applications including the exploitation of these organisms for enzyme production, their potential use in the generation of sustainable energy and in the oil industry. Aimed at research scientists, students, microbiologists and biotechnologists this book is essential reading for scientists working with extremophiles and a recommended reference text for anyone interested in the microbiology of these organisms, as well as bioprospecting, biomining, biofuels and extremozymes. read more ...
Microbial Biofilms: Current Research and Applications
Edited by: Gavin Lear and Gillian D. Lewis
Published: 2012
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-96-7 £159, $319
In this book, leading scientists provide an up-to-date review of the latest scientific research on these fascinating microbial communities and predict future trends and growth areas in biofilm-related research. Under the expert guidance of the editors Gavin Lear and Gillian Lewis, authors from around the world have contributed critical reviews on the most topical aspects of current biofilm research. Subjects covered include quorum sensing and social interactions in microbial biofilms, biofilms in disease, plant-associated biofilms, biofilms in the soil, applications in bioremediation, biofilms in wastewater treatment, corrosion and fouling, aquatic biofilms, microbial fuel cells, and catalytic biofilms. The book is essential for everyone interested in biofilms and their applications. It is also highly recommended for environmental microbiologists, soil scientists, medical microbiologists, bioremediation experts and microbiologists working in biocorrosion, biofouling, biodegradation, water microbiology, quorum sensing and many other areas. read more ...
Metagenomics: Current Innovations and Future Trends
Edited by: Diana Marco
Published: 2011
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-87-5 £159, $319
This book covers the most innovative and recent advances in theoretical, methodological and applied areas of metagenomics. Topics covered include metagenomics integration with complementary technologies, bacterial genealogy, viral metagenomics, the regulation of prokaryotic communities, functional metagenomics, systems biology, next-generation sequencing, stable isotope probing, DNA sequencing of uncultured microbes, cyberinfrastructure resource, identification of novel viruses, metagenomics of fungal communities, the human microbiome, microbial bioremediation, metagenomic enzyme discovery, quorum-sensing, plant-pathogen interactions, and metagenomics of belowground microbial communities. The book is aimed at researchers and environmental managers involved in metagenomics, students starting research in this field and teachers interested in the new developments. read more ...
Nitrogen Cycling in Bacteria: Molecular Analysis
Edited by: James W. B. Moir
Published: 2011
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-86-8 £159, $319
This timely book aims to provide comprehensive reviews of current nitrogen cycle research and to give a broader perspective on the state of our understanding of this key biogeochemical cycle. With contributions from expert authors from around the world, topics covered include: the archaean N-cycle; redox complexes N-cycle; organisation of respiratory chains in N-cycle processes; Mo-nitrogenase; nitrogen assimilation in bacteria; alternative routes to dinitrogen; nitrite and nitrous oxide reductases; assembly of respiratory proteins; nitric oxide metabolism; denitrification in legume-associated endosymbiotic bacteria; nitrous oxide production in the terrestrial environment; bacterial nitrogen cycling in humans. This book will serve as a valuable reference work for everyone working in this field and will also be of interest to researchers studying symbioses, environmental microbiology, plant metabolism, infection events and other prokaryote-eukaryote interactions. read more ...
Microbial Bioremediation of Non-metals: Current Research
Edited by: Anna-Irini Koukkou
Published: 2011
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-83-7 £159, $319
Topics covered include: enzymatic biodegradation reactions; the impact of bioturbation on hydrocarbon dynamics in marine sediments; the structure, function and biodiversity of ring-hydroxylating dioxygenases involved in PAH biodegradation; strategies to engineer PCB-degrading bacteria; PCB-degrading plant-microbe systems strategies; the structure, regulation and diversity of microbial genes encoding biodegradative enzymes. In addition there are excellent reviews detailing the application of the state-of-the-art molecular technologies to study biodegradative processes. Technologies covered are community fingerprinting, molecular detection of degradative genes, and metagenomics for the analysis and monitoring of microorganisms in situ. These are complemented well by the fascinating reviews of the catabolic plasmids and mobile genetic elements involved in bioremediation, including discussions on the origin and evolution of these catabolic pathways to different genera. In addition the best procedures for the evaluation and design of relevant in situ remediation strategies are examined and classical ex-situ technologies such Landfarming, Composting, Biopiling and Slurry-phase bioremediation are described. This book is a vital reference resource for research scientists, graduate students, and other specialists interested on microbial bioremediation of organic pollutants and is recommended reading for environmental microbiologists, chemists and engineers. read more ...
PCR Troubleshooting and Optimization: The Essential Guide
Edited by: Suzanne Kennedy and Nick Oswald
Published: 2011
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-72-1 £159, $319
This book discusses the strategies for preparing effective controls and standards for PCR, when they should be employed and how to interpret the information they provide. It highlights the significance of optimization for efficiency, precision and sensitivity of PCR methodology and provides essential guidance on how to troubleshoot inefficient reactions. Experts in PCR describe design and optimization techniques, discuss the use of appropriate controls, explain the significance of standard curves and explore the principles and strategies required for effective troubleshooting. Authors highlight the importance of sample preparation and quality, primer design, controlling inhibitors, avoiding amplicon and environmental contamination, optimizing reagent quality and concentration, and modifying the thermal cycling protocol for optimal sensitivity and specificity. In addition, specific chapters discuss the history of PCR, the choice of instrumentation, the applications of PCR in metagenomics, high resolution melting analysis, the MIQE guidelines, and PCR at the microliter scale. The strategies, tips and advice contained in this concise volume enable the scientist to optimize and effectively troubleshoot a wide range of techniques including PCR, reverse transcriptase PCR, real-time PCR and quantitative PCR. An essential book for anyone using PCR technology. read more ...
Environmental Microbiology: Current Technology and Water Applications
Edited by: Keya Sen and Nicholas J. Ashbolt
Published: 2011
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-70-7 £159, $319
Authors have included comparative tables and figures that address detection sensitivity, specificity, ease of use and other criteria. The value of the book emanates from its explanation of the principles of techniques and the comparison of related techniques. In addition the reader is introduced to key references and important web sites where further details of the technology can be found. An essential book for water microbiologists, environmental microbiologists and regulators and recommended reading for all microbiologists and environmental scientists. read more ...
Nanotechnology in Water Treatment Applications
Edited by: T. Eugene Cloete, Michele de Kwaadsteniet, Marelize Botes and J. Manuel López-Romero
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-66-0 £159, $319
This timely volume reviews the current state-of-the-art research and development of different nanomaterials (nanostructured catalytic membranes, nanosorbents, nanocatalysts and bioactive nanoparticles) and their application in water treatment, purification and disinfection. The expert authors have contributed chapters focusing on the cutting-edge research in this emerging technology and its applications in microbiology and water treatment. Topics covered include the detection of microbial pathogens, nanofibers and nanobiocides in water purification, nanozymes for biofilm removal, water and wastewater treatment and reverse osmosis. Also included is a chapter dedicated to the health and environmental concerns for the use of nanotechnology in water treatment. This book is aimed at everyone interested in nanobiotechnology, bioremediation, biodiagnostics, molecular diagnostics and environmental microbiology and is a recommended text for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Metagenomics: Theory, Methods and Applications
Edited by: Diana Marco
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-54-7 £159, $319
This book addresses in a coherent manner the diverse and multiple aspects of metagenomics and the multiplicity of its potential applications. Renowned authors from around the world have contributed chapters covering the new theoretical insights, the more recent applications, and the dynamically developing methods of data acquisition and analysis. Topics include: Conceptual frameworks, tools and methods, integration of complementary approaches, horizontal gene transfer, analysis of complex microbial communities, public data resources, plant-microbe interactions, bioremediation, industrial bioproducts, archaeal metagenomics, bioprospecting novel genes, the human microbiome, and philosophical themes in metagenomics. The book is essential reading for all researchers currently performing metagenomics studies and is highly recommended for all students and scientists wishing to increase their understanding of this field. read more ...
Environmental Molecular Microbiology
Edited by: Wen-Tso Liu and Janet K. Jansson
Published: 2010
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-52-3 £159, $319
This book highlights the current state-of-the-art of environmental molecular microbiology. International experts have contributed chapters that describe the various technologies and their applications in environmental microbiology. The first half of the book focuses on the microbial diversity and phylogeny of microorganisms in the environment and describes the molecular toolbox currently available for the study of the composition and diversity of microbial communities and their functions. Topics include the use of the 16S rRNA gene as a phylogenetic marker, metagenomics, metaproteomics, microarrays, and molecular fingerprinting. The second half focuses on the application of these approaches in various environments including soil, marine water, plants, humans and wastewater treatment. The last chapter of the book discusses the genetics and environmental implications of microbial biofilms. An essential book for advanced students, research scientists, environmental agencies and industries involved in any aspect of environmental microbiology. read more ...
Plant Pathogenic Bacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Edited by: Robert W. Jackson
Published: 2009
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-37-0 £159, $319
In this book, internationally acclaimed experts review the most important developments providing an invaluable, up-to-date summary of the molecular biology and genomics of plant pathogenic bacteria. The book opens with two chapters on bacterial evolution, diversity and taxonomy, topics that have been transformed by molecular biology and genomics analyses. The third chapter delves into the crucially understudied area of pathogen adaptation to the plant apoplast environment. The following seven chapters focus on specific plant pathogens: Agrobacterium, Leifsonia, Pectobacterium, Pseudomonas, Ralstonia, Xanthomonas, and Xylella. The next four chapters review specific, intensively studied areas of research in the plant pathogen field: microbe associated molecular patterns (MAMPs) and innate immunity; use of bacterial virulence factors to suppress plant defence; cyclic di-GMP signalling and the regulation of virulence; and plasmids and the spread of virulence. The final chapter covers the critical area of bioinformatics. With contributions from some of the pioneering bacterial plant pathogen genome sequencers, this book is essential reading for every plant pathogen researcher, from the PhD student to the experienced scientist, as it provides a timely review of the current and most topical areas of research. read more ...
Corynebacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Edited by: Andreas Burkovski
Published: 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-30-1 £159, $319
This volume brings together the expertise and enthusiasm of today's leading experts to provide a description of the current state-of-the-art molecular biology toolbox available for Corynebacterium research, including global analyses techniques such as comparative genomics, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome analysis as well as the most recent knowledge on Corynebacterium promoter structures and vector systems. Furthermore, topics such as regulatory networks controlling carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and iron metabolism, cell wall structure, proteolysis and environmental stress response are covered. Essential reading for all Corynebacterium scientists and everyone with an interest in global analysis techniques, global regulation and systems biology. read more ...
Archaea: New Models for Prokaryotic Biology
Edited by: Paul Blum
Published: 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-27-1 £159, $319
A conventional view delineates cellular life into only two basic types called prokaryotes and eukaryotes. The prokaryotes are further subdivided into the Bacteria and the Archaea based on small subunit ribosomal RNA comparisons and conserved mechanisms for information processing. The study of archaeal prokaryotes has matured rapidly in part initiated by genomic science as well as a continuing interest in the biochemistry and metabolism of extremophiles. The authors present an expanding pattern of new information relevant to both the general and the technical reader. The book focuses on molecular biology and genomics and topics include the biology of metals, redox chemistry, respiration, sugar catabolism, nucleic acid modification, DNA replication, repair and recombination, transcriptomics, signal transduction and peptide antibiotics. Throughout the well referenced text the emphasis is on emerging topics in specific fields providing the reader with a vision of the future in the expanding world of Archaea. Essential reading for all archaea researchers and everyone with an interest in prokaryote molecular and cellular biology. A recommended book for all microbiology libraries. read more ...
Legionella: Molecular Microbiology
Edited by: Klaus Heuner and Michele Swanson
Published: 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-26-4 £159, $319
Legionellosis is a disease of significant medical and public interest. Legionella is commonly found in aquatic habitats where its ability to survive and to multiply within different protozoa equips the bacterium to be transmissible and pathogenic to humans. In addition Legionella has become a favored model system to analyse the mechanisms of bacterial survival, acquisition of nutrients and intracellular replication. Following the recent publication of the genome sequences of four L. pneumophila strains it is now feasible to investigate the whole genome in silico, the transcriptome via micro arrays and the proteome by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis. Research in the fields of clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and epidemiology continues to generate new data. The topics covered by this volume range from the history of the identification of Legionella and clinical disease treatment, to the microbe's gene expression and secretion systems as well as its strategies for intracellular multiplication and nutrient acquisition. The main focus of the book is the current state of many of the most critical features of Legionella. Internationally renowned authors have contributed chapters describing and discussing the latest research findings with an emphasis on molecular aspects. The editors and authors have produced an excellent book that will be an extremely useful reference source. This comprehensive publication is aimed at readers with teaching or research interests in microbiology, genetics, genomics, infectious diseases or clinical research. A recommended book for all microbiology and clinical research laboratories. read more ...
Molecular Oral Microbiology
Edited by: Anthony H. Rogers
Published: 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-24-0 £159, $319
A panel of experts discuss the molecular biology of micro-organisms involved in the two major dental diseases: caries and periodontal disease. Research has focused on factors which might modulate the interaction between the resident oral bacteria and the host. Chapters deal with the interactions of oral micro-organisms with one another and with the host; the innate defence mechanisms of the host; and the development of vaccines against oral diseases. Topics include oral microbial taxonomy, identification and typing, applied genomics, horizontal gene transfer, cell-cell communication, cariogenic bacteria, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, Treponema denticola, host-pathogen interaction, host defense mechanisms, and vaccination against oral infections. Essential reading for students and researchers in the field of oral biology and oral microbiology and a recommended book for all microbiology laboratories. read more ...
Microbial Biodegradation: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Edited by: Eduardo Díaz
Published: 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-17-2 £159, $319
In this timely book expert international authors critically review all of the most important topics in this exciting field. Although other books covering this are currently available, this book is unique in that it is the first to review the area from a molecular biology and genomics perspective. Topics covered include: aerobic and anaerobic biodegradation of aromatic compounds, molecular detection methods (e.g. microautoradiography, mRNA analyses, etc.), genome-based predictive modelling, elucidation of regulatory networks, bioavailability, chemotaxis and transport issues, functional genomic analyses, natural attenuation, community fingerprinting and metagenomics, biotreatment, and biocatalysts engineering. Essential reading for microbial degradation and bioremediation scientists and of general interest for microbiologists working in field of environmental microbiology. read more ...
The Cyanobacteria: Molecular Biology, Genomics and Evolution
Edited by: Antonia Herrero and Enrique Flores
Published: 2008
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-15-8 £159, $319
This volume brings together the expertise and enthusiasm of an international panel of leading cyanobacterial researchers to provide a state-of-the art overview of the field. Topics covered include: evolution, comparative genomics, gene transfer, molecular ecology and environmental genomics, stress responses, bioactive compounds, circadian clock, structure of the photosynthetic apparatus, membrane systems, carbon acquisition, nitrogen assimilation and C/N balance sensing and much more. Essential for anyone with an interest in cyanobacteria, bacterial photosynthesis, bacterial nitrogen fixation, and symbiosis. read more ...
Bacillus: Cellular and Molecular Biology
Edited by: Peter Graumann
Published: 2007
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-904455-12-7 £159, $319
This book presents an overview of the most recent exciting new research fields and provides a picture of the major cytological aspects of a model bacterium. The authors present the most recent knowledge on topics such as the replication and segregation of the chromosome, cell division, replication and growth, the cell cycle, transcription, translation, regulation, the actin cyctoskeleton, the cell membrane and cell wall, biofilm formation and sporulation. Also covered are DNA repair, the regulation of transcription through RNA molecules, and the regulation of protein activity through proteolysis. The authors seamlessly merge the fields of bacterial cell biology and molecular biology to provide an integral view of the bacterial cell, providing an understanding of the way a bacterial cell functions as a whole entity and in 3D, i.e. how it is spatially organized, and even how bacterial cells communicate with each other, or give their life for the sake of the whole community. An essential book for anyone interested in Bacillus, cell biology or bacterial genetics and molecular biology. read more ...