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A Field Guide to Bacteriaby Betsey Dexter Dyer
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Written for curious souls of all ages, this title opens readers eyes--and noses and ears--to this hidden world. Useful illustrations accompany Dyer's lively text.
Book News Annotation:
Dyer (biology, Wheaton College, Massachusetts) presents a guide for naturalists, students, and teachers interested in "adding a bacterial dimension" to their nature studies. Written at a level accessible to amateur naturalists with or without access to a microscope, it is intended for use in field work. The text is organized by chapter according to the major taxonomic groups of bacteria, with guidelines on where to go and what to look for (and smell, taste, or touch) to identify a particular bacterial group. Includes b&w illustrations and 98 color plates. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 335-338) and index.
Table of Contents
Introduction: becoming bacteriocentric — Guide to habitats — 1. Ancient hyperthermophiles and thermophilic green nonsulfurs — Introduction to the archaea — 2. Methanogens — 3. Hyperthermophilic archaea — 4. Halophiles — 5. Green sulfur bacteria — Introduction to the proteobacteria — 6. Alpha proteobacteria — 7. Beta proteobacteria — 8. Gamma and delta proteobacteria of non-sulfur-rich environments — 9. Gamma and delta proteobacteria of sulfur-rich environments — Introduction to the gram-positive bacteria — 10. Gram-positive bacteria of foods and drinks — 11. Gram-positive bacteria of soils and other substrates — 12. Gram-positive bacteria as symbionts of animals and plants — Introduction to the cyanobacteria — 13. Cyanobacteria of aquatic and terrestrial habitats — 14. Cyanobacteria associations with other organisms — 15. Bacteroides, gliders, and their relatives — 16. Spirochetes — 17. Thermus and Deinococcus — 18. Planctomycetes and their relatives.
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