Ultrastructure Techniques for Microorganisms

  • Henry C. Aldrich
  • William J. Todd

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alan Beckett, Nick D. Read
    Pages 45-86
  3. H. C. Aldrich, H. H. Mollenhauer
    Pages 101-132
  4. David L. Balkwill
    Pages 133-160
  5. Claude F. Garon
    Pages 161-181
  6. Harvey C. Hoch
    Pages 183-212
  7. Russell L. Chapman, L. Andrew Staehelin
    Pages 213-240
  8. Thomas H. Giddings Jr., George P. Wray
    Pages 241-265
  9. Barbara L. Armbruster, Edward Kellenberger
    Pages 267-295
  10. Sandra A. Nierzwicki-Bauer
    Pages 297-331
  11. Edwin S. Boatman
    Pages 365-398
  12. Gregory W. Erdos
    Pages 399-420
  13. H. C. Aldrich, Sylvia E. Coleman
    Pages 447-467
  14. H. C. Aldrich
    Pages 517-525
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 527-533

About this book


The modem microbiologist is often a real specialist who has difficulty under­ standing and applying many of the techniques beyond those in his or her own immediate field. On the other hand, most benefits to modem microbiology are obtained when a broad spectrum of scientific approaches can be focused on a problem. In early studies, electron microscopy was pivotal in understanding bacterial and viral morphology, and we still feel that we will understand a disease better if we have seen an electron micrograph of the causative agent. Today, because there is an increased awareness of the need to understand the rela­ tionships between microbial structure and function, the electron microscope is still one of the most important tools microbiologists can use for detailed analysis of microorganisms. Often, however, the aforementioned modem microbiologist still thinks of ultrastructure as involving negative staining or ultrathin sectioning in order to get a look at the shape of a "bug. " Many of the newer ultrastructure techniques, such as gold-labeled antibody localization, freeze-fracture, X-ray microanalysis, enzyme localization, and even scanning electron microscopy, are poorly under­ stood by, and therefore forbidding to, the average microbiologist. Even many cell biologists admit to having difficulty staying in touch with current develop­ ments in the fast-moving field of electron microscopy techniques.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Henry C. Aldrich
    • 1
  • William J. Todd
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Microbiology and Cell ScienceUniversity of FloridaGainesvilleUSA
  2. 2.Department of Veterinary Science Louisiana Agricultural Experiment StationLouisiana State University Agricultural CenterBaton RougeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Parasitology School of Veterinary MedicineLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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