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Bacterial Shapes and Arrangements
Bacteria are unicellular prokaryotic microorganisms. There are 3 common shapesof bacteria: the coccus, bacillus, and spiral. Bacteria divide by binary fission, aprocess by which 1 bacterium splits into 2.

Coccus
A coccus-shaped bacterium is usually spherical, although some appear oval,elongated, or flattened on one side. Cocci are approximately 0.5 micrometers(µm) in diameter and may be seen, based on their planes of division andtendency to remain attached after replication, in one of the followingarrangements:

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  1. Division in one plane produces either a diplococcus or streptococcus arrangement.
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    Figure 2 Arrangements of cocci.

    (i) Diplococcus: pair of cocci
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    Figure 1

    (ii) Streptococcus: chain of cocci
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    Figure 1

  2. Division in 2 planes produces a tetrad arrangement.
    A tetrad: square of 4 cocci
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    Figure 5 Tetrad arrangement (appears as a square of
    4 cocci shown by arrows).

  4. Division in 3 planes produces a sarcina arrangement. Sarcina: cube of 8cocci.
  5. Division in random planes produces a staphylococcus arrangement.Staphylococcus: cocci in irregular, often grape-like clusters.

As you observe these different cocci, keep in mind that the procedures usedin slide preparation may cause some arrangements to break apart or clumptogether. The correct form, however, should predominate. Also remember thateach coccus in an arrangement represents a complete, single, one-celled organism.

Bacillus (rod)
A bacillus or rod is a hotdog-shaped bacterium having one of the following
arrangements:

  1. bacillus: a single bacillus.
  2. streptobacillus: bacilli in chains-Streptobacillus arrangement.
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    Figure 6 Bacilli in chains.

  3. Coccobacillus: oval and similar to a coccus.A single bacillus is typically 0.5–1.0 mm wide and 1–4 mm long. Smallbacilli or bacilli that have just divided by binary fission may at first glance beconfused for cocci, so they must be observed carefully. You will, owever, beable to see bacilli that have not divided and are definitely rod-shaped, as wellas bacilli in the process of dividing.
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    Figure 7 Arrangements of bacilli.

Spiral
Spiral-shaped bacteria occur in one of 3 forms.

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Figure 8 Spiral forms.

  1. vibrio: an incomplete spiral, or comma-shaped.
  2. spirillum: a thick, rigid spiral.
  3. spirochete: a thin, flexible spiral.
    The spirals you will observe range from 5–40 µm long, but some are over
    100 µm in length. The spirochetes are the thinnest of the bacteria, often having
    a width of only 0.25–0.5 µm.

Yeasts
Yeasts, such as the common baker’s yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, are unicellularfungi. They usually appear spherical and have a diameter of 3–5 µm. Yeastsspirochetecommonly reproduce asexually by a process called budding. Unlike bacteria,which are prokaryotic, yeast are eukaryotic.

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Figure 9 Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Budding
yeast shown by arrows).

Measurement of Microorganisms
The ocular micrometers provided are calibrated so that when using 1000X oilimmersion microscopy, the distance between any 2 lines on the scale representsa length of approximately 1 micrometer. Remember, this does not hold truewhen using other magnifications.

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Figure 10 Ocular micrometer.

The approximate size of a microorganism can be determined using anocular micrometer, an eyepiece that contains a scale that will appearsuperimposed upon the focused specimen.

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Focusing with Oil Immersion

  1. Before you plug in the microscope, turn the voltage control dial on therighthand side of the base of the microscope to 1. Now plug in themicroscope and turn it on.
  2. Place the slide in the slide holder, center the slide using the 2 mechanicalstage control knobs under the stage on the righthand side of the microscope,and place a rounded drop of immersion oil on the area to be observed.
  3. Rotate the white-striped 100X oil immersion objective until it is locked intoplace. This will produce a total magnification of 1000X.
  4. Turn the voltage control dial on the righthand side of the base of themicroscope to 9 or 10. Make sure the iris diaphragm lever in frontunder the stage is almost wide open (toward the left side of the stage),and the knob under the stage on the lefthand side of the stage controllingthe height of the condenser is turned so the condenser is all the wayup.
  5. Watching the slide and objective lens carefully from the front of themicroscope, lower the oil immersion objective into the oil by raising thestage until the lens just touches the slide. Do this by turning the coarsefocus (larger knob) away from you until the spring-loaded objective lensjust begins to spring upward.
  6. While looking through the eyepieces, turn the fine focus (smaller knob)toward you at a slow steady speed until the specimen comes into focus.(If the specimen does not come into focus within a few complete turns ofthe fine focus control and the lens is starting to come out of the oil, youmissed the specimen when it went through focus. Simply reverse directionand start turning the fine focus away from you.)
  7. Using the iris diaphragm lever, adjust the light to obtain optimum contrast.
  8. When finished, wipe the oil off the oil immersion objective with lenspaper, turn the voltage control dial back to 1, turn off the microscope,unplug the power cord, and wrap the cord around the base of themicroscope.An alternate focusing technique is to first focus on the slide with theyellow-striped 10X objective by using only the coarse focus control and then,without moving the stage, add immersion oil, rotate the white-striped 100X oilimmersion objective into place, and adjust the fine focus and light as needed.This procedure is discussed in the introduction to the lab manual.

Specimens

  • Prepare slides of the following bacteria:
    • Staphylococcus aureus
    • Escherichia coli
    • Borrelia recurrentis or Borrelia burgdorferi
    • Spirillum species.
  • Demonstration slides of the following bacteria:
    • Micrococcus luteus
    • Neisseria gonorrhea
    • Streptococcus species
    • Bacillus megaterium
  • Broth culture of Saccharomyces cerevisiae
  • Human hair.

Procedure

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  1. Using oil immersion microscopy (1000X), observe and measure the bacteriathat follow:
    Tips for Microscopic Observations
    Remember that in the process of making the slide, some of the coccalarrangements will clump together and others will break apart. Move theslide around until you see an area representing the true arrangement ofeach organism. Also, remember that small bacilli (such as Escherichia coli)that have just divided by binary fission will look similar to cocci. Lookcarefully for bacilli that are not dividing and are definitely rod-shaped, aswell as bacilli in the process of dividing, to confirm the true shape. Also,bacilli do not divide to form clusters. Any such clusters you see areartifacts from preparing the slide. Finally, you will have to look carefullyto see the spirochetes, since they are the thinnest of the bacteria. Whenseen microscopically, spirochetes resemble extremely thin, wavy pencillines.
    1. Staphylococcus aureus: Staphylococcus species, as the genus name implies,have a staphylococcus arrangement (cocci in irregular, often grape-likeclusters). Measure the diameter of a single coccus.
    2. Escherichia coli: Escherichia coli is a small bacillus. Estimate the lengthand width of a typical rod.
    3. Borrelia recurrentis: Borrelia species are spirochetes (thin, flexible spirals).You are examining blood infected with Borrelia recurrentis. Measure thelength and width of a typical spirochete and the diameter of a redblood cell.
    4. Spirillum: Spirillum species appear as thick, rigid spirals. Measure thelength and width of a typical spirillum.When finished, remove the oil from the prepared slides using a papertowel and return them to their proper tray.
  2. Observe the demonstration slides of the following bacteria:
    1. Micrococcus luteus: Micrococcus luteus can appear as tetrads, cubes of 8,or in irregular clusters. This strain usually exhibits a tetrad or sarcinaarrangement. Measure the diameter of a single coccus.
    2. Neisseria gonorrhea: Neisseria species usually have a diplococcusarrangement. Measure the diameter of a single coccus.
    3. Streptococcus pyogenes: Streptococcus species, as the genus name implies,usually have a streptococcus arrangement (cocci in chains). Measurethe diameter of a single coccus.
    4. Bacillus megaterium: Bacillus megaterium appears as large bacilli in chains(a streptobacillus). Measure the length and width of a single bacillus.
  3. Prepare a wet mount of baker’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) by puttinga small drop of the yeast culture on a microscope slide and placing a coverslip over the drop. Using your iris diaphragm lever, reduce the light forimproved contrast by moving the lever almost all the way to the right andobserve using oil immersion microscopy. Measure the diameter of a typicalyeast.
    When finished, wash the slide and use it again for step 4. Discard thecoverslip in the biowaste disposal container at the front of the room andunder the hood.
  4. Remove a small piece of a hair from your head and place it in a smalldrop of water on a slide. Place a cover slip over the drop and observeusing oil immersion microscopy. Measure the diameter of your hair andcompare this with the size of each of the bacteria and the yeast observedin steps 1–3. Discard the slide and coverslip in the biowaste disposalcontainers at the front of the room and under the hood.
  5. At the completion of the lab, remove the oil from the oil immersion objective,using lens paper, and put your microscope away.

Results

  1. Make drawings of several of the bacteria from each of the 4 prepared slidesand indicate their approximate size in micrometers.

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  3. Make drawings of several of the bacteria from each of the 4 demonstrationslides and indicate their approximate size in micrometers.

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  5. Make a drawing of several yeast cells and indicate their size in micrometers.Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    diameter = _____ micrometers.
  6. Make a drawing indicating the size of the bacteria and yeast observed
    above, relative to the diameter of your hair.
    diameter = _____ micrometers.

Performance Objectives
Discussion

  1. Name 3 basic shapes of bacteria.
  2. Name and describe 5 different arrangements of cocci.
  3. Name and describe 3 different arrangements of bacilli.
  4. Name and describe 3 different spiral forms.
  5. Describe the appearance of a typical yeast.

Results

  1. When given an oil immersion microscope, a prepared slide of a microorganism,and an ocular micrometer, determine the size of that organism inmicrometers.
  2. Using a microscope, identify different bacterial shapes and arrangements.
  3. Differentiate a yeast from a coccus-shaped bacterium by its size.
  4. Compare the size of the microorganisms observed in lab with the diameter
    of a hair when using oil immersion microscopy.

FAQs

What is the introduction of microscope? ›

Introduction to Basic Microscopy. Microscopes are specialized optical instruments designed to produce magnified visual or photographic (including digital) images of objects or specimens that are too small to be seen with the naked eye.

What is the importance of using microscope in studying microorganisms? ›

There would be little to do in a microbiology laboratory without a microscope, because the objects of our attention (bacteria, fungi, and other single celled creatures) are otherwise too small to see. Microscopes are optical instruments that permit us to view the microbial world.

What are the uses of microscope in the laboratory? ›

A microscope is an instrument that can be used to observe small objects, even cells. The image of an object is magnified through at least one lens in the microscope. This lens bends light toward the eye and makes an object appear larger than it actually is.

What are the laboratory methods for identification of microorganisms? ›

Traditional Methods for Identifying Microbes
  • Examining Agar Cultures. ...
  • Gram Staining. ...
  • Endospore Staining. ...
  • Ziehl-Neelsen Staining. ...
  • Stains for Fungi and Yeast. ...
  • Catalase Testing.
  • Oxidase Testing.
  • Substrate Utilization Tests.
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What is your conclusion about the microscope? ›

The light microscope is a very powerful tool for understanding the structure and function of tissues, and it is widely used in biomedical science courses, as well as in research and diagnostic laboratories.

What is importance of microscope? ›

Microscopes are the tools that allow us to look more closely at objects, seeing beyond what is visible with the naked eye. Without them, we would have no idea about the existence of cells or how plants breathe or how rocks change over time.

What type of microscope is used in microbiology? ›

Fluorescence microscopes are especially useful in clinical microbiology. They can be used to identify pathogens, to find particular species within an environment, or to find the locations of particular molecules and structures within a cell.

How can you see microorganisms with a microscope? ›

Viewing bacteria under a microscope is much the same as looking at anything under a microscope. Prepare the sample of bacteria on a slide and place under the microscope on the stage. Adjust the focus then change the objective lens until the bacteria come into the field of view.

What is a laboratory microscope? ›

Applications of laboratory microscopes

The goal of any laboratory microscope is to produce clear, high-quality images, whether an optical microscope, which uses light to generate the image, a scanning or transmission electron microscope (using electrons), or a scanning probe microscope (using a probe).

What other microscopes can be used in microbiology laboratory and how will they be useful in the laboratory? ›

Compound scopes, used for greater cellular detail, contain two types of lenses that function to magnify unicellular organisms 1000 to 1500 times. More specialized are dark field and phase contrast microscopes, which scatter light to capture not only live cells, but even internal cell parts, like mitochondria.

What methods are used to classify microorganisms? ›

The most widely employed methods for classifying microbes are morphological characteristics, differential staining, biochemical testing, DNA fingerprinting or DNA base composition, polymerase chain reaction, and DNA chips.

What are microorganisms How do scientists study them? ›

How do scientists study them? Microorganisms are microscopic unicelluar or multi-cellular that are too small to see with the naked eye. Scientists study them by using specialized equipment such as a microscope.

What are characteristics of microorganisms? ›

The biological characteristics of microorganisms can be summarized under the following categories: morphology, nutrition, physiology, reproduction and growth, metabolism, pathogenesis, antigenicity, and genetic properties.

What is the most important part of the microscope? ›

The most important part of a microscope are the objective lenses.

Where are microorganisms found? ›

Microbes are tiny living things that are found all around us and are too small to be seen by the naked eye. They live in water, soil, and in the air. The human body is home to millions of these microbes too, also called microorganisms. Some microbes make us sick, others are important for our health.

Who invented microscope? ›

Every major field of science has benefited from the use of some form of microscope, an invention that dates back to the late 16th century and a modest Dutch eyeglass maker named Zacharias Janssen.

How can microscope help in the treatment of diseases? ›

Only optical microscopes can be used to examine living elements (in cells in culture or experimental models), and therefore observe pathological phenomena in real-time – bacterial invasion of tissue, movement of metastatic cells, etc. – and even film them (using time-lapse microscopy).

What is microorganisms and microscope? ›

Technically a microorganism or microbe is an organism that is microscopic. The study of microorganisms is called microbiology. Microorganisms can be bacteria, fungi, archaea or protists. The term microorganisms does not include viruses and prions, which are generally classified as non-living.

What is the most commonly used microscope in the laboratory? ›

Compound Light Microscope

A compound microscope is the most common type of microscope used today, which mechanism is explained earlier. It is basically a microscope that has a lens or a camera on it that has a compound medium in between. This compound medium allows for magnifications in a very fine scale.

How do you make a microscope experiment? ›

Place the glass slide onto the stage. Be careful pushing it under the clips that the cover slide doesn't move or crack. Turn the coarse focus knob slowly until you are able to see the cells. Turn the fine focus knob slowly until the cells are in focus and you can see them clearly.

How can microscopes improve experiments? ›

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  2. Speed things up. ...
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  4. Check for data consistency and a reference point. ...
  5. Leverage overnight opportunities.
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How do you record the observation of the things that you study with your microscope? ›

Record your observations on a sheet of paper or in your science notebook. Include information about the slide such as the date, what it is, the magnification level used, and perhaps even a drawing. You can also print out copies of our Microscope Observation Sheets to put in your science notebook.

Why are microorganisms called microorganisms? ›

A micro-organism or microbe is an organism which is microscopic, which means so small that people cannot see them with the naked eye.

What is the importance of classification of microorganisms? ›

Taxonomic classification of microorganisms according to similarity is important for industrial and clinical applications where close relationships imply similar uses and/or treatments. Current microbial taxonomy is phylogeny-guided, i.

What is the microorganism definition? ›

(MY-kroh-OR-guh-NIH-zum) An organism that can be seen only through a microscope. Microorganisms include bacteria, protozoa, algae, and fungi. Although viruses are not considered living organisms, they are sometimes classified as microorganisms.

What are the 4 types of microorganisms? ›

Current estimates suggest there could be at least 1 billion different species of microbe on Earth, possibly more. Microbial diversity is truly staggering, yet all these microbes can be grouped into five major types: Viruses, Bacteria, Archaea, Fungi, and Protists.

What is another word for microorganisms? ›

synonyms for microorganism
  • bacterium.
  • microbe.
  • pathogen.
  • virus.
  • bug.
  • disease.
  • disease-causing agent.
  • parasite.

What are the useful microorganisms? ›

Name a few useful microorganisms.

Bacteria. Fungi. Protozoa.

What is Introduction to microbiology? ›

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What is the structure of microorganisms? ›

Nucleoid – is the genetic material (DNA) of the bacterium, which is often circular and anchored to the cell wall. Flagellum – a tail-like structure that is used for motility. Inclusion body – act as food reserves for the bacterium. Fimbriae/pili – these hair-like structures are used to attach bacterium to surfaces.

What is the function of the microorganisms? ›

Microorganisms are found everywhere in the environment and play a leading role in countless natural processes. Among other things, they operate the basic drug cycles that are necessary for the plants' supply of nutrients via the reaction of organic matter in soil.

What is a microscope simple definition? ›

A microscope is an instrument that makes an enlarged image of a small object, thus revealing details too small to be seen by the unaided eye. The most familiar kind of microscope is the optical microscope, which uses visible light focused through lenses.

What is history of microscope? ›

A Dutch father-son team named Hans and Zacharias Janssen invented the first so-called compound microscope in the late 16th century when they discovered that, if they put a lens at the top and bottom of a tube and looked through it, objects on the other end became magnified.

What is microscopic study? ›

Microscopy is the technical field of using microscopes to view samples & objects that cannot be seen with the unaided eye (objects that are not within the resolution range of the normal eye).

What is microscope word? ›

1 : an optical instrument consisting of a lens or combination of lenses for making enlarged images of minute objects especially : compound microscope. 2 : a non-optical instrument (such as one using radiations other than light or using vibrations) for making enlarged images of minute objects an acoustic microscope.

Who discovered microscope? ›

Every major field of science has benefited from the use of some form of microscope, an invention that dates back to the late 16th century and a modest Dutch eyeglass maker named Zacharias Janssen.

What is microscope definition PDF? ›

Abstract. The word microscope is a originated from two Greek words – micros : meaning small, skopos: meaning watcher thus, microscope is a tool, which enables us to view very small objects, by magnifying the image of the small object.

What was his microscope called? ›

Galileo Galilei soon improved upon the compound microscope design in 1609. Galileo called his device an occhiolino, or "little eye."

Who is the father of microscope? ›

Antoni van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723): father of microscopy.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of microscope? ›

Advantage: Light microscopes have high resolution. Electron microscopes are helpful in viewing surface details of a specimen. Disadvantage: Light microscopes can be used only in the presence of light and are costly. Electron microscopes uses short wavelength of electrons and hence have lower magnification.

What are the 4 types of microscopy? ›

Exploring the Top Four and More. There are several different types of microscopes used in light microscopy, and the four most popular types are Compound, Stereo, Digital and the Pocket or handheld microscopes.

What are the 2 main types of microscope? ›

Light microscopes have a history of more than 500 years. Different light microscopes form a vast family tree, and they are still developing. Compound microscopes have more than one lens to generate high magnification images of flat, thin specimens.

What type of microscope is used in microbiology? ›

Fluorescence microscopes are especially useful in clinical microbiology. They can be used to identify pathogens, to find particular species within an environment, or to find the locations of particular molecules and structures within a cell.

Why is it called microscope? ›

Microscope is the combination of two words; "micro" meaning small and "scope" meaning view. Early microscopes, like Leeuwenhoek's, were called simple because they only had one lens. Simple scopes work like magnifying glasses that you have seen and/or used.

How many parts are there in microscope? ›

There are three structural parts of the microscope i.e. head, base, and arm.

The light microscope.. The common light microscope used in the laboratory is called a compound microscope because it contains two types of lenses that function to magnify an object.. A compound light microscope often contains four objective lenses: the scanning lens (4X), the low‐power lens (10X), the high‐power lens (40 X), and the oil‐immersion lens (100 X).. With an ocular lens that magnifies 10 times, the total magnifications possible will be 40 X with the scanning lens, 100 X with the low‐power lens, 400 X with the high‐power lens, and 1000 X with the oil‐immersion lens.. To increase the resolution with the oil‐immersion lens, a drop of immersion oil is placed between the lens and the glass slide (Figure ).. Other light microscopes.. The densely coated parts of the specimen deflect the electron beam, and both dark and light areas show up on the image.. A compound light microscope often contains four objective lenses: the scanning lens (4X), the low-power lens (10X), the high-power lens (40 X), and the oil-immersion lens (100 X).. With an ocular lens that magnifies 10 times, the total magnifications possible will be 40 X with the scanning lens, 100 X with the low-power lens, 400 X with the high-power lens, and 1000 X with the oil-immersion lens.. To increase the resolution with the oil-immersion lens, a drop of immersion oil is placed between the lens and the glass slide (Figure 1 ).. Other light microscopes.. The densely coated parts of the specimen deflect the electron beam, and both dark and light areas show up on the image.

Fungi possess chitinous cell walls, plasma membranes containing ergosterol, 80S rRNA, and microtubules composed of tubulin.. Other characteristics of fungi are the ability to synthesize lysine by the L-α-adipic acid biosynthetic pathway and possession of a chitinous cell wall, plasma membranes containing the sterol ergosterol, 80S rRNA, and microtubules composed of tubulin.. In the yeast Candida albicans , for example, the cell wall contains approximately 30 to 60 percent glucan, 25 to 50 percent mannan (mannoprotein), 1 to 2 percent chitin (located primarily at the bud scars in the parent yeast cell wall), 2 to 14 percent lipid, and 5 to 15 percent protein.. Yeasts are fungi that grow as solitary cells that reproduce by budding (see ch.. Yeast taxa are distinguished on the basis of the presence or absence of capsules, the size and shape of the yeast cells, the mechanism of daughter cell formation (conidiogenesis), the formation of pseudohyphae and true hyphae, and the presence of sexual spores, in conjunction with physiologic data.. In addition to budding yeast cells and pseudohyphae, yeasts such as C albicans may form true hyphae.. Approximately 20 percent of the C albicans yeast cell wall is mannan, whereas the mycelial cell wall contains a substantially smaller amount of this sugar.. Hyphae elongate by a process known as apical elongation, which requires a careful balance between cell wall lysis and new cell wall synthesis.. Examples of medically important dimorphic fungi include Blastomyces dermatitidis (hyphae and yeast cells) and Coccidioides immitis (hyphae and spherules).. Hyphal cells enlarge and undergo a series of changes resulting in the transformation of these cells into yeast cells.. Series of smaller yeast daughter cells attached by narrow tubular necks are formed around a large central cell.. The hyphal cells then separate, and (α1–3)-glucans are formed as a layer on the outer cell wall surface of the yeast cells.. Unlike the other dimorphic fungi capable of producing a yeast form, S schenckii initially produces yeast cells by direct budding from hyphae.. The yeast cell wall is thought to contain more peptidorhamnomannan than the hyphal cell wall.. For example, the dimorphic fungus Blastomyces dermatitidis produces two anamorphs, one consisting of hyphae and one-celled conidia at 25°C and one consisting of budding yeast cells at 37°C.

Like many general microbiology books, this book is heavily focused on microbes that interact with humans/mammals.. Included should be more examples of microbes that associate with plants, and explain that certain classes of microbes or descriptions of microbes are specific for their hosts.. Informal chatty tone is ok in the classroom when trying to help them understand complex concepts.. Why two chapters on viruses?. I feel that several important missing topics would give this text more contemporary relevance.. I did not find any major inconsistencies.. This text had good modularity.. I present my feel of the read with respect to areas that I thought a bit rushed.. Maybe expand on this and include some molecular biology.. I would group the uses of, and impact by, bacteria on humankind into a section and would include (1) fermentation/food, (2) molecular biology/cloning, (3) health/disease, (4) weaponization (consider this), and maybe others into a section, as I would microbial genomes, genetics and gene expression/control (include a discussion of operons, Jacob and Monod) into another, leaving taxa and biochemistry for the opening of the book.

Low temperature limits growth of food poisoning and food spoilage organisms.. Within the growth range, the rate of growth increases rapidly as the temperature is raised (Figure 2).. Most bacteria grow best at about pH 7 and grow poorly or not at all below pH 4.. Yeasts, molds, and the vegetative cells of spoilage bacteria also die at pasteurization temperatures.. Foods contaminated by staph organisms can cause food poisoning after the organisms have been destroyed by heat.. Like Listeria this organism is also one that can grow at refrigeration temperatures.. Molds which form mycotoxins can be present on any food not heated in a closed container.. As a general rule, food with a high spore level requires more retort time and/or temperature in the same or similar operations (Figure 6 and Table 4).. Assuming the same retort time and/or temperature, the incidence of spoilage will be higher in the canned food with a high initial spore level when all other factors are the same (Table 6).

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