Microbiology, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781119320661

Microbiology, 2nd Edition helps to develop a meaningful connection with the material through the incorporation of primary literature, applications and examples. The text offers an ideal balance between comprehensive, in-depth coverage of core concepts, while employing a narrative style that incorporates many relevant applications and a unique focus on current research and experimentation. The book frames information around the three pillars of physiology, ecology and genetics, which highlights their interconnectedness to help see a bigger picture. This innovative organization establishes a firm foundation for later work and provides a perspective on real-world applications of microbiology.


Microbiology 2nd Edition by Wessner, Dupont, Charles, and Neufeld, is available as a WileyPLUS Learning Space interactive online textbook. WileyPLUS Learning Space is an easy way for students to learn, collaborate, and grow. With WileyPLUS Learning Space, students create a personalized study plan, assess progress along the way, and make deeper connections as they interact with the course material and each other. WileyPLUS Learning Space also includes ORION–integrated, adaptive practice that helps students build their proficiency on topics and use their study time most effectively.


With over 125 animations integrated through the text and Chapter Opener videos provide current examples of Microbiology in action or detail on a historically relevant discovery, the online textbook is designed to help students visualise and master the toughest topics in Microbiology.


  • Mini-Papers: Each chapter includes a Mini-Paper example in which key research papers are summarized, and original data is presented and interpreted. Critical thinking questions called Questions for Discussion are offered at the end of each Mini-Paper to help students learn to ask intelligent questions and design and evaluate experiments.
  • CONNECTION NOTES: Connection notes emphasize the interconnectedness of topics, both within a chapter and between chapters.
  • MICROBES IN FOCUS: Microbes in Focus provide a more detailed description of the habitat and key features of specific microbes that are mentioned in the chapter.
Dave Wessner
Davidson College

Christine Dupont
University of Waterloo

Trevor Charles
University of Waterloo

Josh Neufeld

1 The Microbial World

2 Bacteria

3 Eukaryal Microbes

4 Archaea

5 Viruses

6 Cultivating Microorganisms

7 DNA Replication and Gene Expression

8 Viral Replication Strategies

9 Bacterial Genetic Analysis

10 Microbial Genomics

11 Regulation of Gene Expression

12 Microbial Biotechnology

13 Metabolism

14 Biogeochemical Cycles

15 Microbial Ecosystems

16 The Microbiology of Food and Water

17 Microbial Symbionts

18 Introduction to Infectious Diseases

19 Innate Host Defenses Against Microbial Invasion

20 Adaptive Immunity

22 Viral Pathogenesis

23 Eukaryal Microbe Pathogenesis

24 Control of Infectious Diseases

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