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Acknowledgments Preface About the Author Section I Introduction to Microbial Diversity 1. What Is Microbial Diversity? 2. Context and Historical Baggage 3. Phylogenetic Information 4. Constructing a Phylogenetic Tree 5. Tree Construction Complexities 6. Alternatives to Small-Subunit rRNA Analysis 7. The Tree of Life Section II The Microbial Zoo 8. Primitive Thermophilic Bacteria 9. Green Phototrophic Bacteria 10. Proteobacteria 11. Gram-Positive Bacteria 12. Spirochetes and Bacteroids 13. Deinococci, Chlamydiae, and Planctomycetes 14. Bacterial Phyla with Few or No Cultivated Species 15. Archaea 16. Eukaryotes 17. Viruses and Prions Section III Microbial Populations 18. Identification of Uncultivated Organisms 19. Sequence-Based Microbial Surveys 20. Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization Surveys 21. Molecular Fingerprinting of Microbial Populations 22. Linking Phenotype and Phylotype Section IV Conclusion: The Phylogenetic Perspective 23. Genomics, Comparative Genomics, and Metagenomics 24. Origins and Early Evolution Index

About the Author

James (Jim) W. Brown's lasting interest in microbiology was sparked by a single lecture on microbial diversity in an undergraduate microbiology class at Ball State University and by the announcement in that class of the discovery of an entirely new kind of living thing, the "archaebacteria." He went on to earn his MS in Microbiology at Miami University and his PhD in the Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology program at The Ohio State University. Jim developed and continues to teach senior-level undergraduate lecture and lab courses in microbial diversity at North Carolina State University (NCSU), which are the genesis of this textbook. He was awarded the NCSU Alumni Association Distinguished Undergraduate Professor award in 2014.


"We desperately needed a book that climbs the big tree, branch by branch, written both for undergraduates and as a reference. Principles of Microbial Diversity is that book!"
--Jo Handelsman, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, Frederick Phineas Rose Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, Yale University

"What an absolutely fabulous book! Jim Brown captures the excitement and transformative impact that microbial diversity has brought to the field of microbiology in a text appropriate for students. Principles of Microbial Diversity belongs on every microbiologist's bookshelf."
--Hazel A. Barton; Associate Professor of Biology, Associate Professor of Geosciences, University of Akron

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