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The Physiology and Biochemistry of Prokaryotes Hardcover – March 16, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0195301687 ISBN-10: 0195301684 Edition: 3rd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 3 edition (March 16, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195301684
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195301687
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #378,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Excellent. Comprehensive."--Jon Takemoto, Utah State University

"Most readable and organized text available."--Franklin R. Champlin, Mississippi State University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David White is Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University. He has taught numerous courses in the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, human biology, and biology.

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I recommend it to other people that want to buy it and need it fast.
Yarett E. Pineiro Rodriguez
If you need in-depth information on the Prokaryotes in a textbook format, this is an excellent reference text.
Breeze
If your taking a course in microbial physiology this book is very complete.
Dili

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larissa Parsley on July 31, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Although it seems impossible to have just one text on the huge field of microbial physiology, this book makes a very valiant effort to be just that. The details are painstakingly researched, the text is concise and clear (no fluff anywhere!), and for such a small book, the author does a masterful job of presenting a huge amount of useful information.

Of course, every book has its downfalls, the main one of this book being its lack of helpful illustrations. Sometimes you just MUST HAVE some help visually to understand something (e.g. mixed acid fermentation, sporulation) and this book often didn't offer that. (Even if there WAS a figure, it was so hard to decipher that you'd be better off with nothing at all.) Also, some huge areas of microbial physiology were completely left out like bacterial stress response.

Overall, not the best but not the worst. It's certainly not a waste of money, but you might want to have some sort of companion book to supply your diagrams and illustrations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Major Microbe on February 15, 2008
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As the review title suggests, I come from the old school of studying bacterial metabolism. My choice, still all these years after grad school and years of research & work, is H.W. Doelle's Bacterial Metabolism (unfortunately out of print). However, I discovered White's text while visiting the University of Oklahoma 2 years ago (the 2nd edition). The 3rd edition is an improvement with better diagrams and drawings. The collection of symbols and equations at the front of the book is very usefull with having it all in one place. However, Doelle'a approach is in some ways more stimulating with the first 2 chapters dealing with the thermodynamics, enzymology, and growth kinetics immediately. If you are weak in the areas of bacterial structures and dynamics, White gives an excellent approach to all of the cellur structures of prokaryotes. Doelle on the other hand concentrates exclusively on the actual chemistry of bacterial metabolism. Another strength of White is his introduction to solute & protein transportation. Along with this, White's final 2 chapters on adaptation and environmental stress response are very valuable additions. Without White's approach to increasing the reader's understanding the environment and its impact on the microbe, the study of metabolism is only an esoteric exercise. One of my major frustrations with White's work was the lack of extensive references of the various metabolic pathways and types with specific genus and/or species of bacteria. It is left up to the reader to find alternate sources for this application. Doelle, on the other hand, provides copious references. In the end, I believe White's work to be a central addition to the understanding and manipulation of the microbial metabolic processes. With the microbial world being "our enemy - our friend," White's work will go along way in helping us fragile humans to compete and coexist with this diverse group that co-inhabits this singular orb with us.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By cheezin@earthlink.net on December 22, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I used this text as a supplement for my microbial physiology class and found the explantions good, if not complete. The problem I had was that the graphic representations used to show varying processes were either very lacking, or completely absent. Most good science texts use detailed illustrations and colored ink. This text provides neither and would probably serve the more experienced bacterial physiologist as a good reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wisc Biochem Res Spec on March 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent resource for biochemical pathways, relationships, and diagrams of prokaryotic physiology. The written material is particularly lucid, which is greatly appreciated. While the diagrams are simple and in black-and-white print, their reduced complexity lends clarity to the concepts illustrated. I highly recommend this book to anyone in the microbial sciences at the upper-undergraduate level and beyond.
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By Dili on April 6, 2014
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If your taking a course in microbial physiology this book is very complete. It doesn't have many illustrations but the ones it has are very complete and complement the text well.
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By Breeze on January 4, 2014
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If you need in-depth information on the Prokaryotes in a textbook format, this is an excellent reference text. I will use it a lot in preparing lectures for my courses.
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