Top 6 Books on Microbial Physiology and Metabolism


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In this article, I will share a list of top and best books on Microbial Physiology and Metabolism. In this paper, you will study about Microbial Growth and Effect of Environment on Microbial Growth, Nutrient uptake and Transport, Chemoheterotrophic Metabolism – Aerobic Respiration, Chemoheterotrophic Metabolism- Anaerobic respiration and fermentation, Chemolithotrophic and Phototrophic Metabolism, Nitrogen Metabolism.

Here is the list of top books on Microbial Physiology and Metabolism;


1. Brock Biology of Microorganisms

Author:  Michael Madigan, Kelly Bender, Daniel Buckley, W. Sattley, David Stahl

For courses in General Microbiology.


A streamlined approach to master microbiology

Brock Biology of Microorganisms is the leading majors microbiology text on the market. It sets the standard for impeccable scholarship, accuracy, and strong coverage of ecology, evolution, and metabolism. 


The 15th edition seamlessly integrates the most current science, paying particular attention to molecular biology and the genomic revolution. It introduces a flexible, more streamlined organization with a consistent level of detail and a comprehensive art program. 

Brock Biology of Microorganisms helps students quickly master concepts, both in and outside the classroom, through personalized learning, engaging activities to improve problem solving skills, and superior art and animations with Mastering™ Microbiology.                                                                                       


Also available with Mastering Microbiology.

Mastering™ Microbiology is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to improve results by helping students quickly master concepts. 


Students benefit from self-paced tutorials that feature personalized wrong-answer feedback and hints that emulate the office-hour experience and help keep students on track. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

Students, if interested in purchasing this title with Mastering Microbiology, ask your instructor for the correct package ISBN and Course ID. Instructors, contact your Pearson representative for more information.

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2. Microbial Physiology 

Author:  Michael P. Sector, Albert G. Moat, John W. Foster,  Michael P. Spector.

The Fourth Edition of Microbial Physiology retains the logical, easy-to-follow organization of the previous editions. An introduction to cell structure and synthesis of cell components is provided, followed by detailed discussions of genetics, metabolism, growth, and regulation for anyone wishing to understand the mechanisms underlying cell survival and growth. This comprehensive reference approaches the subject from a modern molecular genetic perspective, incorporating new insights gained from various genome projects.

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3. Microbial Physiology

Author:  S. M. Reddy 

This book, the first of its kind by Indian authors, tries to develop a comprehensive understanding of microbial metabolism. It deals with all basic and unique physiological aspects of microorganisms in an ordered sequence with profuse illustrations. 

Discussion of all chapters is based on the concepts of bioenergetics which form the life-line of metabolic functions. It provides the foundation and general frame work for further understanding of the subject. This book not only serves as a text for undergraduate, post-graduate students, but also as a reference book to teachers, researchers and all others interested in the metabolism of the microorganisms in particular and living organisms in general.

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4. Bacterial Metabolism

Author: Gottschalk G.

This concise yet comprehensive text surveys the field of bacterial metabolism in terms useful to students and researchers. Emphasis is on those metabolic reactions occurring only in bacteria. Thus, the book describes in detail the energy metabolism of the various groups of bacteria. In addition it examines pathways used by bacteria for the degradation of organic compounds, the synthesis of cellular constituents, the regulation of bacterial metabolism and the fixation of molecular nitrogen. 

The general arrangement of the first edition has been retained. However, it has been thoroughly revised and updated in recognition of the rapid progress of research in this field. Readers will also appreciate the increased emphasis on membrane-associated processes. From the review of the second edition: “If there is a better textbook in its fields, I’m not aware of it and I feel the book deserves a place on the shelf of any serious student of microbiology.” -ASM News.

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5. General Microbiology

Author: Stanier RY, Ingrahm JI, Wheelis ML and Painter PR.

The fifth edition of this successful text continues to present microbiology within the framework of general biology. Brief chapters on history and methods are followed by detailed treatment of structure, metabolism, growth, environmental factors and microbial genetics. An introductory section dealing with bacterial classifications prefaces 13 chapters concerned with characteristics of groups of micro-organisms.

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6. Prescott’s Microbiology

Author:  Joanne Willey, Kathleen Sandman, Dorothy Wood 

The author team of Prescott’s Microbiology continues the tradition of past editions by providing a balanced, comprehensive introduction to all major areas of microbiology. This balance makes Microbiology appropriate for microbiology majors and mixed majors courses. 

The authors have introduced a number of pedagogical elements designed to facilitate student learning. They also remain focused on readability, artwork, and the integration of several key themes (including evolution, ecology and diversity) throughout the text, making an already superior text even better.

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