About the Book :
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.
CHAPTER 1. Cell structure and function CHAPTER 2. Cell wall and its biosynthesis CHAPTER 3. Bioenergetics CHAPTER 4. Nutrition CHAPTER 5. Microbial Growth CHAPTER 6. Homeostasis CHAPTER 7. Phototrophy CHAPTER 8. Chemolithoautotrophy CHAPTER 9. Chemoheterotrophy 9.1. Acetogens CHAPTER 9. Chemoheterotrophy 9.2. Methanogens CHAPTER 9. Chemoheterotrophy 9.3. Methylotrophs CHAPTER 9. Chemoheterotrophy 9.4. Hydrocarbon utilizers CHAPTER 10. Assimilation of complex carbohydrates and proteins CHAPTER 11. Aerobic respiration CHAPTER 12. Anaerobic respiration CHAPTER 13. Fermentation CHAPTER 14. Biological nitrogen fixation CHAPTER 15. Secondary metabolism CHAPTER 16. Sporulation Further reading Glossary Index