Microbiology For Dummies is an overview of the material covered in a typical firstyear microbiology course. Some courses cover more medical, molecular, or environmental microbiology than others, so we’ve included them all here.
In this book, you find clear explanations of
»»The characteristics that microorganisms share
»»The things that make microbes different from one another and the rest of life on earth
»»The processes important to microbial life
»»The diversity of microbial life
»»How microbes affect us
If you’re a visual learner, you’ll appreciate the many illustrations. And if you like to organize material into categories, you’ll find the lists and tables useful. With this book, you’ll be able to explain what makes microorganisms unique and identify where and how they live. You’ll also have the skills to delve into specialized areas of microbiology that this book covers in an introductory way.
This book is a reference, which means you don’t have to memorize it — unlike
your microbiology course, there is no test at the end. Use it as a reference, dipping into whichever chapter or section has the information you need. Finally, sidebars and sections marked with the Technical Stuff icons are skippable. They offer a more in-depth discussion of a topic, extra detail, or interesting cases that are related to the main material of the chapter.