This isn't a book on how to avoid E.coli and other nefarious bacteria that invade our food and homes, but an amateur naturalist's guide to all sorts of bacteria that can be seen (and smelled) without a microscope, from their habitats (hot springs, marine mud flats, even urban areas), to how to recognize and identify them in all their remarkable diversity. After all, the author reminds us, bacteria are "the most predominant organisms on Earth," and she even recommends taking a "bacteriocentric" point of view in order to understand them. All the major groupings are covered, along with information on how to culture bacteria, use a microscope and practice good safety precautions. More than 100 color illustrations will assist the happy bacteria hunter as well.
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"Despite being the most abundant and diverse organisms on Earth, bacteria are easily overlooked, cryptic, and challenging to identify. . . . To open the door to simple study and appreciation of bacteria, Dyer describes macroscopic attributes that allow the field identification of nearly every major group. . . . The book includes ideas for field trips to explore bacterial assemblages in their natural environments (from hot springs to kitchens, urban settings to tropical forests)."—Science, July 18, 2003
"This isn't a book on how to avoid E. coli and other nefarious bacteria that invade our food and homes, but an amateur naturalist's guide to all sorts of bacteria that can be seen (and smelled) without a microscope, from their habitats (hot springs, marine mud flats, even urban areas), to how to recognize and identify them in all their remarkable diversity. After all, the author reminds us, bacteria are 'the most predominant organisms on Earth,' and she even recommends taking a 'bacteriocentric' point of view in order to understand them. All the major groupings are covered, along with information on how to culture bacteria, use a microscope, and practice good safety precautions. More than 100 color illustrations will assist the happy bacteria hunter as well."—Publishers Weekly, 2003
"A wonderful addition to any amateur naturalist's library. It is a witty and comprehensive look at a neglected subject by someone who is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the material. . . . I can recommend this book without hesitation to amateur naturalists, educators, and parents as a key to unlocking the door to better understanding the world around them."—Jerry W. Kram, Society of Amateur Scientists E-Bulletin, July 25 2003
"In writing this Field Guide, Dyer (Wheaton College) has done such an excellent job that even an amateur naturalist will find it interesting and adaptable. . . . It is potentially a wonderful resource for those who are interested in studying bacterial ecology—amateur naturalists, biology teachers, or even professional microbiologists, and should find a lasting home in the collections of all of them. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels."—A.M. Dhople, Florida Institute of Technology, Choice, 41:4, Dec. 2003
"This is an interesting book that aims to introduce bacteria in the field to serious amateur naturalists, biology teachers at all levels, and even some professional biologists who may appreciate the accessibility it afford to these otherwise obscure organisms."—Ecology 84:11, November 2003
"Since bacteria themselves are generally not able to be seen without the aid of a strong microscope, the aim of this book is to help identify the presence of certain bacteria by macroscopic field marks—characteristics that can be seen, smelled, touched, or heard. The guide is written for amateur naturalists who may or may not have access to a microscope and covers all the major taxonomic groups of bacteria in an accessible manner."—E-Streams 6:12, December 2003
"Bacteria are a driving force in global ecology, human physiology, earth history, evolution, and environmental issues. A Field Guide to Bacteria brings current thought about bacteria into everyday concepts of life."—Douglas Zook, Boston University"Bacteria are very important in human lives and in natural and engineered environments where they mediate extremely important processes from disease to nutrient cycling. The challenge is that bacteria are so small that they are not readily observed except with a very powerful microscope. Betsey Dexter Dyer's focus on 'field marks' provides a practical way to observe bacteria on a macroscopic scale or to see the manifestations of their activities."—James Staley, University of Washington
Interesting for a curious person, I didn't hold my attention that much. Perhaps because Im not in the field, so I could not quickly connect the dots, but it is worth reading.Published 3 months ago by Mum of two
I bought this for my budding scientist/physician. She's 12 and enjoys reading all things science related. Read morePublished 6 months ago by LovesAGoodRead
The books is a compressible review about the most common microorganisms in natural and human environments. The structure is useful for basic taxonomy of microorganisms.Published 16 months ago by Salvador Embarcadero
I am a serious amateur field biologist. I own a million field guides to all sorts of organsims, but I had never seen anything like this. Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by Hoseph
GREAT book! It was required for my microbiology class as additional reading. Easy to read and very interesting! I take this with me on every vacation/hike I go on!Published on January 22, 2013 by Bucky
Bacteria are all around us and inside us. We mostly choose to deny or ignore that fact. But if we ever hope to live within the natural world we must understand. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Griff