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Brock Biology of Microorganisms (13th Edition) [Hardcover]

Michael T. Madigan , John M. Martinko , David Stahl , David P. Clark
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December 27, 2010 032164963X 978-0321649638 13

The authoritative #1 textbook for introductory majors microbiology, Brock Biology of Microorganisms continues to set the standard for impeccable scholarship, accuracy, and outstanding illustrations and photos. This book for biology, microbiology, and other science majors balances cutting edge research with the concepts essential for understanding the field of microbiology. 


In addition to a new co-author, David Stahl, who brings coverage of cutting edge microbial ecology research and symbiosis to a brand new chapter (Chapter 25), a completely revised overview chapter on Immunology (Chapter 28), a new "Big Ideas" section at the end of each chapter, and a wealth of new photos and art make the Thirteenth Edition better than ever. Brock Biology of Microorganisms speaks to today’s students while maintaining the depth and precision science majors need.

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Michael T. Madigan received his B.S. in Biology and Education from Wisconsin State University Stevens Point (1971) and his M.S. (1974) and Ph.D. (1976) in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His graduate research was on the hot spring bacterium Chloroflexus in the laboratory of Thomas Brock. Following a three-year postdoctoral in the Department of Microbiology, Indiana University, Mike moved to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he has been a professor of microbiology for 32 years. He has coauthored Biology of Microorganisms since the fourth edition (1984) and teaches courses in introductory microbiology, bacterial diversity, and diagnostic and applied microbiology. In 1988 Mike was selected as the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Science and in 1993, the Outstanding Researcher. In 2001 he received the SIUC Outstanding Scholar Award. In 2003 he received the Carski Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching from the American Society for Microbiology. Mike’s research is focused on bacteria that inhabit extreme environments, and for the past 12 years he has studied the microbiology of permanently ice-covered lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica. In addition to his research papers, he has edited a major treatise on phototrophic bacteria and served for over a decade as chief editor of the journal Archives of Microbiology. He currently serves on the editorial board of Environmental Microbiology. Mike’s nonscientific interests include forestry, reading, and caring for his dogs and horses. He lives beside a peaceful and quiet lake with his wife, Nancy, five shelter dogs (Gaino, Snuffy, Pepto, Peanut, and Merry), and four horses (Springer, Feivel, Gwen, and Festus).


John M. Martinko received his B.S. in Biology from Cleveland State University. He then worked at Case Western Reserve University, conducting research on the serology and epidemiology of Streptococcus pyogenes. His doctoral work at the State University of New York at Buffalo investigated antibody specificity and antibody idiotypes. As a postdoctoral fellow, he worked at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York on the structure of major histocompatibility complex proteins. Since 1981, he has been in the Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he was Associate Professor and Chair, and Director of the Molecular Biology, Microbiology, and Biochemistry Graduate Program. He retired in 2009, but remains active in the department as a researcher and teacher. His research investigates structural changes in major histocompatibility proteins. He teaches an advanced course in immunology and presents immunology and host defense lectures to medical students. He also chairs the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at SIUC. He has been active in educational outreach programs for pre-university students and teachers. For his educational efforts, he won the 2007 SIUC Outstanding Teaching Award. He is also an avid golfer and cyclist. John lives in Carbondale with his wife Judy, a high school science teacher.


David A. Stahl received his B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Washington, Seattle, later completing graduate studies in microbial phylogeny and evolution with Carl Woese in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Subsequent work as a postdoctoral fellow with Norman Pace, then at the National Jewish Hospital in Colorado, focused on early applications of 16S rRNA-based sequence analysis to the study of natural microbial communities. In 1984 Dave joined the faculty at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, holding appointments in Veterinary Medicine, Microbiology, and Civil Engineering.  In 1994 he moved to the Department of Civil Engineering at Northwestern University, and in 2000 returned to his alma mater, the University of Washington, Seattle, as a professor in the Departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Microbiology. Dave is known for his work in microbial evolution, ecology, and systematics–receiving the 1999 Bergey Award and the 2006 Procter & Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology from the ASM.  His main research interests are the biogeochemistry of nitrogen and sulfur compounds and the microbial communities that sustain these nutrient cycles.  His laboratory was first to culture ammonia-oxidizing Archaea, a group now believed to be the main mediators of this key process in the nitrogen cycle.  He has taught several courses in environmental microbiology, is one of the co-founding editors of the journal Environmental Microbiology, and has served on many advisory committees.  Outside teaching and the lab, Dave enjoys hiking, bicycling, spending time with family, reading a good science fiction book, and, with his wife Lin, renovating an old farmhouse on Bainbridge Island, Washington.


David P. Clark grew up in Croydon, a London suburb. He won a scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he received his B.A. degree in Natural Sciences in 1973. In 1977 he received his Ph.D. from Bristol University, Department of Bacteriology, for work on the effect of cell envelope composition on the entry of antibiotics into Escherichia coli. He then left England on a postdoctoral studying the genetics of lipid metabolism in the laboratory of John Cronan at Yale University. A year later he moved with the same laboratory to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. David joined the Department of Microbiology at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1981. His research has focused on the growth of bacteria by fermentation under anaerobic conditions. He has published numerous research papers and graduated over 20 Masters and Doctoral students. In 1989 he won the SIUC College of Science Outstanding Researcher Award. In 1991 he was the Royal Society Guest Research Fellow at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Sheffield University, England. In addition to Brock Biology of Microorganisms, David is the author of four other science books: Molecular Biology Made Simple and Fun, now in its fourth edition; Molecular Biology: Understanding the Genetic Revolution; Biotechnology: Applying the Genetic Revolution; and Germs, Genes, & Civilization: How Epidemics Shaped Who We Are Today. David is unmarried and lives with two cats, Little George, who is orange and very nosey, and Mr. Ralph, who is mostly black and eats cardboard.


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  • Series: Brock Biology of Microorganisms
  • Hardcover: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings; 13 edition (December 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032164963X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321649638
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.9 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Clark was born June 1952 in Croydon, a London suburb. After winning a scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, he received his B.A. in 1973. In 1977 got his PhD from Bristol University for work on antibiotic resistance. He then left England for postdoctoral research at Yale and then the University of Illinois. He joined the faculty of Southern Illinois University in 1981 and is now a professor in the Microbiology Department. In 1991 he visited Sheffield University, England as a Royal Society Guest Research Fellow. His research into the genetics and regulation of bacterial fermentation has been funded by the U.S. Department of Energy from 1982 till 2007. He has published over 70 articles in scientific journals and graduated over 20 master's and PhD students. He is unmarried and lives with two cats, Little George, who is orange and Ralph who is mostly black and eats cardboard. He is the author of Molecular Biology Made Simple and Fun, now in its third edition, as well as three more serious textbooks.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What a Textbook Should Be May 9, 2011
By Venus
I actually own the 12th edition of this textbook, so I can only assume that the 13th edition is even better.

This book has an incredible amount of information that is well organized and easy to understand. It has lots of great photographs, charts and diagrams, and TONS of real-world examples and descriptions of bacteria species and their effects in the human world. You don't need to read it cover to cover to understand what's going on in any one of the chapters - short recaps of information are given to remind you of what you should already know in order to understand what you're reading.

Fantastic textbook that I would recommend to any biologist, microbiologist, or bacteriologist, student or professional.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brock Biology of Microorganisms (13th Edition) December 23, 2012
By Tyler
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First of all, I am not the type of person who likes to read. That being said, this book is very well written and very easy to understand. For the first time ever in my life, I actually enjoyed reading this book. Even if you're not taking any microbiology class, I'd still recommend this book, if you're interested in science at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Coverage April 12, 2012
By Spruce
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Yes, like any book, this one may have a few things missing. But it does cover all of the standard information necessary for a firm grasp of microbiology. I was thoroughly pleased with the content and I have been studying microbial biochemistry for years. Though I wished there was more information on bioremediation, I understand why they left it out: I just checked out a book on just mycoremediation techniques and it was well over 800 pages! I was glad that Brock Microbology book successfully covered the general ideas before I leaped into advanced material.

Great quality, great format, and excellent interactivity (questions and concept testing) make Brock Biology of Microorganisms a sturdy first step from general biology to the awesome world of microbes.

The authors/editors definitely put a lot of thought into this one to make your microbial experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Terrific pictures, easy to understand & extensive outside resource list make this textbook a keeper. I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a world of Microbes April 30, 2012
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This book was a bit more technical than my previous General biology book. After a semester of this course, now I see that this is a broad (and I mean broad!), general Microbiology textbook. It opens up the mind to all the variety of applications of the study of microbes and leaves room for many questions that can be tackled in higher level courses.

The book has many images, some errors found by one of my professors, but overall a great help in understanding many of the concepts. The book is very colorful to say the least. I used the online website, but I would say that it could be better.

The book itself is a wonderful resource and a great start into the study of microbes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended February 10, 2012
By nms
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My professor recommended this book to me as a great reference. It is clear, with great figures. As a student it has been an invaluable resource in my geomicrobiology seminar.
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4.0 out of 5 stars School May 9, 2013
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This book is okay. it can be a bit redundant, because it goes over the same topics of metabolism in nearly every chapter, but overall a decent book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great deal for a textbook! March 31, 2013
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I needed this textbook for my microbiology class and I ALWAYS come to Amazon first to search for my textbooks. The campus bookstore will mark the prices up because they know that a great deal of students will purchase from them. Any time that I can purchase a textbook from Amazon, I do. This book was probably between $50-$100 cheaper than the bookstore. I have one complaint about the textbook and that is the reason I gave it only 4 stars. The complaint is that while the textbook is available as an e-text (you are provided with a code to utilize this feature), the version of e-text is available ONLY via computer. I have the Pearson E-text app for my iPad and this textbook is not available as an e-text on my iPad. I substitute my iPad for my computer in class, so that I don't have to carry my laptop around and it would be much more versatile if it was available on the iPad. Other than that, the textbook is perfect. It came shrink-wrapped and in great condition. Also, another great thing is that you can sell your textbook back to Amazon. Your compensation is in the form of an Amazon credit/gift card. I would recommend this product to any college student on a budget or who just want to save a few bucks on textbooks.
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2.0 out of 5 stars hate this book
most confusing microbiology book I ever read, please don't buy this book. I am going to sell this book back.
Published 2 months ago by Natacha Avomo
5.0 out of 5 stars microbiology text
It was the correct text, which I expected since I searched by isbn. It has highlighting from previous user but otherwise the book is in perfect condition
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I found this text book to be less helpful than my prior microbiology book, this was however required for my Microbiology course at WMU. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A biologist's dream
This textbook is so bright and the images and charts are extremely helpful. A cheaper alternative to purchasing it from my school's bookstore. Glad I made this purchase. Thanks!
Published 10 months ago by megigles9456
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a lot better.
I had to get this book for my intro to microbiology class for the winter term. I'm sad to say that this book is not at useful and engaging as my basic life mechanisms biology book... Read more
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What can I say? It came on time. It's a textbook for my son. his thing not mine. It was in great shape!
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The display case arrived just as described without any issues. The distributor responded very quickly and the product arrived before the date that I needed it.
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