Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology - 2nd Edition

Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology

2nd Edition

Editors: Moselio Schaechter
Imprint: Academic Press
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The Desk Encyclopedia of Microbiology, Second Edition is a single-volume comprehensive guide to microbiology for the advanced reader. Derived from the six volume e-only Encyclopedia of Microbiology, Third Edition, it bridges the gap between introductory texts and specialized reviews. Covering topics ranging from the basic science of microbiology to the current "hot" topics in the field, it will be invaluable for obtaining background information on a broad range of microbiological topics, preparing lectures and preparing grant applications and reports.

Key Features

  • The most comprehensive single-volume source providing an overview of microbiology to non-specialists
    Bridges the gap between introductory texts and specialized reviews.
    Provides concise and general overviews of important topics within the field making it a helpful resource when preparing for lectures, writing reports, or drafting grant applications


Microbiologists working in research, teaching, industry, and government.

Table of Contents

By topic


Cell membrane, prokaryotic

Cell Structure, Organization, Bacteria and Archaea

Chromosome, Bacterial

Flagella, Prokaryotic

Outer Membrane, Gram-Negative Bacteria

Peptidoglycan. (Murein)

Pili, Fimbriae

Crystalline Cell Surface Layers


Adhesion, Microbial

Autotrophic CO2 Metabolism

Bioluminescence, Microbial

Cell Cycles and Division

Continuous Cultures (Chemostats)


Metabolism, Central (Intermediary)

Nutrition, Microbial

Photosynthesis: microbial

Posttranscriptional Regulation

Quorum-Sensing in Bacteria

Sensory Transduction in Bacteria

Stress, bacterial: General and Specific

Transcriptional Regulation

Transport, Solute

Development, Prokaryotic: Variety and Versatility

Chromosome Replication and Segregation


Growth Kinetics, Bacterial


Conjugation, Bacterial

DNA Restriction and Modification

Plasmids, Bacterial

Transduction: Host DNA Transfer by Bacteriophages

Transposable Elements

Genomics and Evolution

DNA Sequencing and Genomics

Evolution, Theory and Experiments with Microorganisms

Horizontal gene transfer: Uptake of extracellular DNA by bacteria



Biofilms, microbial

Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents

Marine Habitats

Ecology, Microbial

Pathogenesis and antimicrobials

Antibiotic Resistance

Emerging Infections


Gastrointestinal Microbiology in the Normal Human Host

Lipopolysaccharides (endotoxins)

Plant Pathogens and


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About the Editor

Moselio Schaechter

Affiliations and Expertise

San Diego State University, CA, USA