Microbiology:An Introduction Brief Edition

Benjamin Cummin
Gerard J. Tortora / Bert Funke / Christine Case
Benjamin Cummings
September 2005
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This brief, paperbound edition contains chapters 1-20 of the best-selling Eighth Edition of Microbiology: An Introduction by Tortora, Funke, and Case, and offers a complete supplements package for students and professors.  Chapters 21-28 of the regular edition cover diseases and environmental and industrial microbiology applications.

Every student package automatically includes a CD-ROM containing the Microbiology Place website, along with an access code for the Microbiology Place website. Students and instructors continue to make Microbiology: An Introduction the No. 1 selling non-majors microbiology text, praising its careful balance of microbiology concepts and applications, proven art that teaches, and its straightforward presentation of complex topics. For the Eighth Edition, this successful formula has been refined with updated research, applications, and links to an enhanced Microbiology Place Website/CD-ROM. Supported by a powerful new Art and Photo CD-ROM for instructors, this new edition provides the most current coverage, technology, and applications for microbiology students.



  • Short chapters and straightforward explanations of processes help keep students focused on key concepts.


  • A superb art program combines several proven illustration methods including step-by-step diagrams, orientation figures, and hundreds of micrographs with labels and sizing scales.


  • The text's comprehensive coverage addresses the needs of instructors teaching a course with a mix of allied health and biology majors.


  • End-of-chapter “Learning with Technology” sections point students toward specific activities and case studies on The Microbiology Place Website/CD-ROM that are particularly relevant to the chapter. These sections help students make the best use of the powerful media resources available to them.

New to this Edition


  • New and updated content reflects the constantly evolving microbiology research environment. The Eighth Edition has been thoroughly revised with coverage of new research discoveries, updates on diagnosing and treating diseases, and current taxonomy and classifications according to Bergey's Manual , Second Edition (2002).

§          Key research updates include discussions on the endosymbiotic theory and complement activation, bioinformatics, proteomics, biofilms, plants as vaccine sources, stem cells, therapeutic cloning, HIV vaccines, antiretrovirals, and the Hazard Analysis and Critical Point system (HACCP).

§          New, expanded coverage of diseases includes new discussions on West Nile virus, anthrax, forms of hepatitis, mad cow disease, smallpox, meningitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Group B streptococcal infections, and treating the common cold.

§          Morbidity data has been updated through December 2002 for all infectious diseases, including AIDS, tuberculosis, Lyme disease, measles, polio, arboviral infections, tularemia, human plague, ehrlichiosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, malaria, salmonellosis, typhoid fever, gonorrhea, and syphilis.

§          New and updated applications and discovery-oriented boxes , labeled Applications of Microbiology and Microbiology in the News, emphasize the process of scientific discovery and help students appreciate the practical uses of microbiology and biotechnology. New topics include bacteria and insect sex, bacteria help the body, blood safety, and biological weapons.

  • Seven new Clinical Problem Solving boxes use case histories adapted from recent issues of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report to stimulate students to think critically and analytically about clinical problems. These intriguing exercises now include “Hotel Guests Get Dermatitis,” “A Sick Child,” “A Multi-drug Resistant Infection,” “Beware of Alfalfa Sprouts,” and “An Antibiotic Resistant STD.”


  • The new Art and Photo CD-ROM provides electronic files of the line art, photographs, and micrographs from the book (approximately 700 images), along with selected tables. All images are identified by figure number and are available in both PowerPoint® and jpeg formats. Prepared PowerPoint® lecture slides are provided for each chapter and highlight the most important learning objectives with text bullet points and accompanying images.


  • Enhanced Microbiology Place Website and CD-ROM . All media resources for students (including content that previously appeared on the Microbiology Interactive Student Tutorial CD-ROM) are now combined into one product-The Microbiology Place Website/CD-ROM. This powerful, one-stop resource center includes an unparalleled collection of tutorials, animations, simulations, case studies, self-quizzes, weblinks, flashcards, and more-all keyed to the text chapter-by-chapter. The CD-ROM and website are identical except that the website will be continually updated and may include quizzes or activities that are not available in CD-ROM format. Several new activities have also been added for the Eighth Edition (see Student Supplements section).


  • Easy access answers to Study Questions . In response to student feedback, the answers to the end-of-chapter Review and Multiple-Choice questions are now provided in an answer section at the back of the text. The answers to the more challenging end-of-chapter Critical Thinking and Clinical Applications questions remain in the Instructor's Guide only.

Table of Contents



 1. The Microbial World and You.


 2. Chemical Principles.


 3. Observing Microorganisms Through a Microscope.


 4. Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells.


 5. Microbial Metabolism.


 6. Microbial Growth.


 7. The Control of Microbial Growth.


 8. Microbial Genetics.


 9. Biotechnology and Recombinant DNA.



10. Classification of Microorganisms.


11. The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea.


12. The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths.


13. Viruses, Viroids, and Prions.



14. Principles of Disease and Epidemiology.


15. Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity.


16. Nonspecific Defenses of the Host.


17. Specific Defenses of the Host: The Immune Response.


18. Practical Applications of Immunology.


19. Disorders Associated with the Immune System.


20. Antimicrobial Drugs.


Gerard J. Tortora is a professor of biology and teaches microbiology, human anatomy, and physiology at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey. He received his M.A. in Biology from Montclair State College in 1965. He belongs to numerous biology/microbiology organizations, such as the American Society of Microbiology (ASM), Human Anatomy and Physiology Society (HAPS), American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Education Association (NEA), New Jersey Educational Association (NJEA), and the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB). Jerry is the author of a number of biological science textbooks. In 1995, he was selected as one of the finest faculty scholars at Bergen Community College and was named Distinguished Faculty Scholar. In 1996, Jerry received a National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) excellence award from the University of Texas and was selected to represent Bergen Community College in a campaign to increase awareness of the contributions of community colleges to higher education.

Berdell R. Funke received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. in microbiology from Kansas State University. He has spent his professional years as a professor of microbiology at North Dakota State University. He taught introductory microbiology, including laboratory sections, general microbiology, food microbiology, soil microbiology, clinical parasitology, and pathogenic microbiology. As a research scientist in the Experiment Station at North Dakota State, he has published numerous papers on soil microbiology and food microbiology.

Christine L. Case is a registered microbiologist and a professor of microbiology at Skyline College in San Bruno, California, where she has taught for the past 32 years. She received her Ed. D. in curriculum and instruction from Nova Southeastern University and her M.A. in microbiology from San Francisco State University. She was Director for the Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM). She received the ASM and California Hayward outstanding educator awards. In addition to teaching, Chris contributes regularly to professional literature, develops innovative educational methodologies, and maintains a personal and professional commitment to conservation and the importance of science in society. Chris is also an avid photographer, and many of her photographs appear in this book.