An enthralling journey into the microcosm, where cells are capable of waging war on each other, but at the same time also of working with much larger living beings, such as man.
From the bottom of the ocean to inside the mouth, there are many places inhabited by living beings invisible to our eyes and yet crucial for life on Earth. Microorganisms are indeed the absolute protagonists of the world around us, having colonised the most unthinkable places, from Antarctica to the clouds.
This book explores the world’s extraordinary microbial biodiversity presenting bacteria, yeasts and moulds whose sometimes bizarre and almost tongue-twisting scientific names conceal stunning features.
From the hottest pits to the coffee machine, these little geniuses will amaze you with qualities that scientists have long observed and applied to the most diverse purposes, from detergents to the plastics of tomorrow.