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Guide to Microlife (Science: Life and Environmental Science) Paperback – January 1, 1996
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Grade 9 Up. This useful, well-organized guide is divided into four sections: monerans (bacteria), microfungi, protists, and microanimals. Each organism is identified by its taxonomy, physical features, behavior, and environment. Drawings, color photographs of slides, and tips on how to view with a microscope are additional aids for each example. Appendixes provide a wealth of information about using microscopes, collecting specimens, preparing slides (safety precautions abound), and even an interesting, but brief look at filming images. Most of the featured organisms are readily available in homes, yards, woods, streams, and puddles, but a list of biological supply companies is also provided. A good resource for classrooms, this colorful volume is packed with information. For the hooked and truly adventuresome, move on to Werner Nachtigall's Exploring with the Microscope (Sterling, 1995).?Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Library, Milwaukee, OR
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Gr. 7^-12. Although the authors follow the familiar color-coded, specimen-numbered format, this handbook is more than just a field guide to microscopic organisms. Besides thorough descriptions of seven microhabitats and an extensive, beautifully photographed, and well-written catalog of specimens, this also includes projects, six informative appendixes on topics ranging from collecting techniques to slide preparation, and a detailed bibliography of adult and children's resources. The "Microlife Catalogue" is the heart of the guide. Divided into sections on monerans, microfungi, protists, and microanimals, it provides introductory information on each group and descriptions of individual organisms. Each entry includes a clear color photograph that will be invaluable to student researchers. The hefty price is worth noting, but this belongs in both library collections and life sciences classrooms. Chris Sherman
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The look inside preview does a good job of showing what to expect. There are good pictures and a page per organism and guides at the end of each chapter for a few other examples not fully detailed, plus a page at the start of each chapter to detail the group. My issue is that the beginning of chapter pages are weak on information, and much of it gets randomly scattered through specific organism pages. So for instance, if you wanted to know what diatoms generally fed on, you wouldn't find it in the general page but on some random genus' page. Additionally, the end of chapter "extras" were fairly limited.
The book claims it will describe like 80-90% of things you will find, but that just hasn't been my experience. It is very thin on certain groups, like shelled amoebas. I understand they can't put EVERYTHING in here, that's ridiculous, but it really should've been 50% longer to be remotely useful. That said, you do get to know a number of common organisms and it's a good basic starting point, but that's all.
This book gives you the informaton you need to collect your specimens and how to prepare them. With a WHERE TO LOOK, WHAT TO LOOK FOR, and a DID YOU KNOW... write up on each page.