For a general overview of the world of microorganisms and their applications, there can be no better starting point than John Postgate's classic Microbes and Man, 4th edition (2000), published by Cambridge University Press. Those wishing to study microbiology in greater depth may consider one of the many excellent general microbiology texts available; the following are well-established examples that embrace the whole field of microbiology, and cover many topics in greater depth than is possible or indeed desirable in the present book.
Black JG (2004) Microbiology: Principles and Explorations, 6th edn. John Wiley & Sons, Chichester.
Lederberg, J (ed) (2000): Encyclopaedia of Microbiology, 2nd edition. Academic Press. Madigan MT, Martinko JM and Parker J (2003) Brock Biology of Microorganisms, 10th edn.
Prentice Hall Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Prescott LM, Harley JP and Klein DA (2004) Microbiology, 6th edn. McGraw-Hill, New York. Singleton P and Salisbury D (2002): Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, 3rd edition. John Wiley & Sons. Tortora GJ, Funke BR and Case CL (2004) Microbiology: An Introduction, 8th edition. Benjamin Cummings, San Francisco, CA.
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