Microbiology: An Introduction, 13th edition

  • Gerard J. Tortora, 
  • Berdell R. Funke, 
  • Christine L. Case

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Microbiology: An Introduction presents a careful balance of cutting-edge microbiology concepts and applications. The best-selling text from Tortora, Funke, and Case utilizes 21st-century lens to explore the key content you need to know. This trusted is known for its exceptionally clear presentation of complex topics and pedagogically superior art.

The 13th Edition expands on the core content with new learning tools. Exploring the Microbiome boxes present updated research on the microbiome. They then go into how microbes influence human health. Four new Big Picture spreads cover important topics in Microbiology. These include vaccine-preventable diseases, the "hygiene hypothesis," vertical transmission, and bioterrorism.

Published by Pearson (June 14th 2019) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780135789377

Subject: Microbiology

Category: Mixed Majors Microbiology

Table of contents


  1. The Microbial World and You
  2. Chemical Principles
  3. Observing Microorganisms through a Microscope
  4. Functional Anatomy of Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells
  5. Microbial Metabolism
  6. Microbial Growth
  7. The Control of Microbial Growth
  8. Microbial Genetics
  9. Biotechnology and DNA Technology


  1. Classification of Microorganisms
  2. The Prokaryotes: Domains Bacteria and Archaea
  3. The Eukaryotes: Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, and Helminths
  4. Viruses, Viroids, and Prions


  1. Principles of Disease and Epidemiology
  2. Microbial Mechanisms of Pathogenicity
  3. Innate Immunity: Nonspecific Defenses of the Host
  4. Adaptive Immunity: Specific Defenses of the Host
  5. Practical Applications of Immunology
  6. Disorders Associated with the Immune System
  7. Antimicrobial Drugs


  1. Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes
  2. Microbial Diseases of the Nervous System
  3. Microbial Diseases of the Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems
  4. Microbial Diseases of the Respiratory System
  5. Microbial Diseases of the Digestive System
  6. Microbial Disease of the Urinary and Reproductive Systems


  1. Environmental Microbiology
  2. Applied and Industrial Microbiology

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