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New Microbial Ecology Chapter

Contributed by paustian on Dec 30, 2013 - 12:37 PM

A completely reworked and modernized Microbial Ecology Chapter has been published today. Recent advances in DNA isolation and sequencing have made it possible to investigate the microbes present without culturing them. This has completely changed our understanding of the microbial population that is present in the environment and what they are doing. Finally, a clear picture of the environment at the microscopic level is emerging and in the years to come we will learn how it all fits together. It’s an exciting time to be a microbiologist.



Edition 5 of Through the Microscope

Contributed by paustian on May 24, 2013 - 11:34 AM

The process of creating the 5th edition of Through the Microscope has begun and you are at the new site. Unlike typical publishers, the process is completely open and you can watch the book take shape. Here is what is coming in the new edition

  1. Upgrade the backend server software to the latest release of Zikula.
  2. Create a new look for the book
  3. Update Microbial Diversity
  4. Update Microbial Ecology
  5. Update Bacterial Structure

The deadline for the 5th edition is August 2013.


Test taking actually improves comprehension of material

Contributed by paustian on May 22, 2013 - 07:33 PM

Jeffrey D. Karpicke and Janell R. Blunt report that using tests to measure your comprehension of a subject also has the side benefit of helping you remember the material better. The NY times has an excellent article summarizing the findings.


Through the Microscope has dozens of concept quizzes throughout the text that help you to check your understanding of the material. Each chapter also has an end of chapter quiz to further cement the concepts. As you use this text, make sure you take advantage of theses tools.

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