Dictionary of microbiology and molecular biology

Dictionary of microbiology and molecular biology

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ular ecosystem; the comprehensive data which were collected through the course of this publication are being made available by ICLARM on microcomputer diskettes. I.F. SOMERS CSIRO Division of Fisheries Research PO Box 120 Cleveland Qld. 4163 Australia


Dictionary of Microbiology and MolecularBiology. Second Edition. P. Singleton and D. Sainsbury, A Wiley-Interscience Publication, Wiley, Chichester, 1987, 972 pp. of text, 46 pp. of appendixes which include 22 detailed fermentation or biosynthetic pathways, £69.00, ISBN: 0-0471-91114-3. The first edition of Paul Singleton and Diana Sainsbury's Dictionary of Microbiology was published in 1978 and it contained 481 pages of text with about 5300 entries. Their updated Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology published in 1987, contains more than double this number of entries and most of those covered in the first edition have been up-dated and expanded. As examples of the updating and expansion of information since the 1978 edition, the entry under "Scrapie" in the first edition occupied 6 lines and there were no journal references given, in the second edition "Scrapie" occupies 67 lines with 6 journal references. The entry under "Bacteriophage" in the 1978 edition occupied 4 pages, in the second edition it occupies 12 pages with 47 literature references. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is not mentioned in the first edition but occupies 2 pages with 18 references to recent scientific papers in the second edition. Most entries in the second edition have one or more references to recent papers dealing with a particular aspect of the subject of the entry. In addition to these journal references, there are 202 references given to recent books or reviews on various aspects of microbiology and molecular biology. It is a measure of the up-to-date nature of the work, as well as a tribute to the industry of the authors, that 180 of these books or reviews have been published between 1980 and 1987; 16 between 1975 and 1979; and 5 between 1970 and 1974. The oldest reference (one only) was published in 1969. A great many of the additional entries in the second edition relate to the introduction of molecular biological concepts and techniques. To many older microbiologists the introduction of a lot of new terms and concepts over the


last 10-15 years concerned with gene manipulation in micro-organisms has been almost overwhelming. Not only are these terms defined in this Dictionary of Microbiology and Molecular Biology, but the various synonyms employed for these terms are recorded and cross-referenced. This second edition of a Dictionary of Microbiology provides a welcome source of correlated and crossreferenced descriptions and explanations of the modern science of microbiology covering bacteriology, virology, mycology and protozoology. The system of cross-referencing used by the authors considerably extends the information available on any particular topic. There are 3 pages of notes for users of the Dictionary which enable one to obtain ready access to related information on any particular aspect of pure and applied microbiology. This dictionary will be of value as an initial reference work to undergraduate and post-graduate microbiologists, biochemists, molecular biologists and industrial chemists as well as to members of professions such as lawyers, engineers, accountants, media personnel, journalists, social workers, dentists, medical and veterinary practitioners, who may need to consider some unfamiliar aspect of microbiology or molecular biology in the course of their professional activity. Although it is about twice the bulk of the first edition, it is well bound and the print is clear if perhaps a little small. It is well priced at £69 (approximately US$137 ) by today's prices for such well-produced books. In reviewing the first edition in 1979, I commented that I expected it "to be a well-used and valued addition to my library" Over the last 9 years this prediction has proved to be abundantly true. I expect the second edition to be even more useful and valued for its wide and extensive coverage of modern microbiology and molecular biology. E.L. FRENCH Mt. Eliza Victoria Australia


Growth, Mortality and Recruitment of Commercially Important Fishes and Penaeid Shrimps in Indonesian Waters. A. Dwiponggo, T. Hariati, S. Banon, M.L. Palomares and D. Pauly, ICLARM Technical Reports 17. Research Institute for Marine Fisheries, Jakarta, Indonesia and the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management, 1986, 91 pp., US$4.50 surface, $8.50 airmail, ISBN: 971-1022-26-5; ISSN: 0115-5547. This book exemplifies some of the benefits as well as some of the traps which the age of computers has brought to fish stock assessment. It has made it pos-