About the book
Escherichia coli is one of the best known and most extensively studied microorganisms that proved to be an important microbe. It is famous for its contributions to unravel basic biological processes in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, physiology, ecology and evolution. Further it is famous for its mobile genetic elements, which are contributing to the E. coli importance, as they can carry many genes that are involved in either bacterial virulence or resistance against antibiotics, even multi-drug resistance, supplementary metabolic pathways, colicin production. Besides playing a significant role in the host either as a mutualistic bacterium or intestinal pathogen or extraintestinal pathogen, it plays a significant role in basic and applied research. Moreover E. coli is often used in recombinant DNA technology and biotechnology.
This book intends to provide the reader with an overview of all the different aspects of E. coli and its genes and genetics, molecular biology and biotechnology, physiology and biochemistry, ecology and evolution.