Microbiology:An Introduction with MyMicrobiologyPlace Website: International Edition

Prentice Hall
Gerard J. Tortora / Berdell R. Funke / Christine L. Case
März 2006
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With this Ninth Edition, the “Number One” best-selling non-majors microbiology text extends its trusted and reliable approach with improved disease chapters that feature efficient new “Disease in Focus” boxes, a thoroughly revised immunity chapter (17), new options for the Microbiology Place website/CD-Rom, and a new Media Manager instructor presentation package with 30 multi-step animations.


  • The text's comprehensive coverage addresses the needs of instructors teaching a course with a mix of allied health and biology majors. The authors are careful to describe the microbial world as having beneficial effects, not just pathogenic organisms.
  • A superb art program is enhanced with more than 100 new or improved full-color micrographs with precise labels and sizing scales to supplement the text's proven illustration methods, including step-by-step diagrams and orientation figures. 
  • Short chapters and straightforward explanations of processes help keep students focused on key concepts.
  • Active learning pedagogy engages students through the use of figure legend questions and a wide variety of end-of-chapter review questions (with answers at the end of the book).
  • Diseases are organized by body systems, which can facilitate learning for students who are pursuing careers in health care fields and have taken anatomy & physiology courses that also organize topics by body system.

New to this Edition

  • Improved disease chapters feature 6 new “Diseases in Focus” boxes that highlight the pathogen, portal of entry, mode of spread, incubation period, symptoms, prevention, and treatment for selected diseases and include highly useful visuals, such as illustrations, photos, and tables.
  • Thoroughly revised immunity chapter (17) is more clearly organized into core concepts to better explain complex processes and historical information.
  • Improved readability of graphs, clarified cell and anatomical art, and more than 100 new or improved full-color micrographs clearly focus students' attention on important information.
  • New and updated feature boxes highlight clinical and practical examples of microbiology in everyday life, including avian influenza viruses and a hospital-acquired infection that can follow liposuction treatments.
  • NEW Options for the Microbiology Place Website: The book's companion website(www.microbiologyplace.com) is now includes pre-tests, practice tests, Microbe Reviews, web links, flashcards, glossary, and videos.  Additionally, a premium, password-protected version of the site includes everything from the basic site  plus 30 robust, tutorial-style microbiology Flash animations; a "gradebook" feature that allows instructors to track and record their students' performance on website quizzes; an ebook, and a link to Research Navigator™, a powerful online research tool with access to three exclusive databases of credible and reliable source material. The Microbiology Place is also provided on a CD-ROM included with each new copy of the text. 
  • 30 multi-step animations are featured on The Microbiology Place website/ CD-ROM and the Media Manager CD-ROM set for instructors. Topics were selected and developed specifically for the non-majors Microbiology course.
  • New Media Manager Instructor CD-ROMs organize all student and instructor media resources by chapter for easy reference and classroom presentation and feature 30 new animations and new “Precision Art” selections featuring step-by-step PowerPoint® “slideshow” views of the book's complex art.

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. Innate Immunity: Nonspecific Defenses of the Host

17. Adaptive Immunity: Specific Defenses of the Host

18. Practical Applications of Immunology

19. Disorders Associated with the Immune System

20. Antimicrobial Drugs



21. Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

22. Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System

23. Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

24. Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System

25. Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System

26. Microbial Diseases of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems



27. Environmental Microbiology.

28. Applied and Industrial Microbiology.


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.