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The proceedings of at least one Society meeting each year were published in book form until 2006. These volumes present key findings on topics at the cutting edge of science. The final symposium volume, number 66, contains 16 contributions made at the Society’s Warwick meeting in April 2006.

The Symposium Volumes listed below are available to buy online. Details of these titles can be found on the Cambridge University Press website.


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  1. Symposium 66: Prokaryotic Diversity: Mechanisms and Significance

    April 2006

    The true extent of prokaryote diversity, encompassing the spectrum of variability among bacteria, remains unknown. Early discussions on prokaryote diversity were frequently devoted to sterile arguments about 'how much?' or 'how many?'. Increasingly, however, the focus is turning towards trying to understand why prokaryote diversification occurs, its underlying mechanisms, and its likely impact. This book will appeal to a wide variety of microbiologists. Its coverage ranges from studies of prokaryotes in specialised environmental niches to broad examinations of prokaryote evolution and diversity and the mechanisms underlying them.

  2. Symposium 65: Micro-organisms and Earth Systems – Advances in Geomicrobiology

    September 2005

    There is growing awareness that important environmental transformations are catalysed, mediated and influenced by micro-organisms, and such knowledge is having an increasing influence on disciplines other than microbiology, such as geology and mineralogy. This book represents environmental microbiology in its broadest sense and will help to promote exciting collaborations between microbiologists and those in complementary physical and chemical disciplines.

  3. Symposium 64: Molecular Pathogenesis of Virus Infections

    April 2005

    Virus and prion diseases remain a major public health threat, in both developed and developing countries.This symposium book covers the central factors that influence the pathogenicity of virus and prion infections.

  4. Symposium 63: Microbe-Vector Interactions in Vector-borne Diseases

    March 2004

    Several billion people are at daily risk of life-threatening vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, trypanosomiasis and dengue, and the dark shadow of plague hovers in the few endemic foci where it waits ready to re-emerge in a deadly pandemic.The recent epidemic of West Nile virus infection in the United States and of Nipah virus in Malaysia suggests that vector-borne diseases are of growing concern to everyone. This volume is essential reading for researchers and clinicians working with these diseases.

  5. Symposium 62: Microbial Subversion of Host Cells

    April 2003

    Microbes have co-evolved with other organisms for eons to the extent that some are so acquainted with host cell biology that they subvert key cellular processes with unrivalled precision. This volume reviews the exciting new discipline of cellular microbiology, reflecting both the explosion of knowledge in this area and the realisation that it provides wider insights into fundamental cellular processes.

  6. Symposium 61: Signals, Switches, Regulons and Cascades: Control of Bacterial Gene Expression

    April 2002

    DNA sequencing has provided a wealth of information on the genetic material stored in bacterial genomes.This volume deals with our current knowledge of the circuits and networks that govern bacterial gene expression.

  7. Symposium 60: New Challenges to Health: the Threat of Virus Infection

    March 2001

    Viruses continually evolve and adapt, posing new threats to health. This volume discusses the ecology of viruses, including the emergence of devastating haemorrhagic disease, and reviews the molecular and cell biological basis of the pathogenesis of several virus diseases.

  8. Millennium Meeting Symposium Volume: Fighting Infection in the 21st Century

    October 2000

    The 20th century saw improvements in public health and disease prevention, which have had a dramatic impact on our lives. This volume aims to address some of the issues facing microbiologists in the future. Covering a wide range of topics, this volume is an invaluable resource for microbiologists and an excellent reference for advanced students.

  9. Symposium 59: Community Structure and Co-operation in Biofilms

    September 2000

    The study of biofilm considers the close association of micro-organisms with each other at interfaces and the consequent physiological adaptation to the proximity of other cells and surfaces.This volume aims to distil the common principles of biofilm physiology and growth for all interested disciplines. It will appeal to the specialist biofilm researcher as well as to students wishing to introduce themselves to the topic.

  10. Symposium 58: Transport of Molecules across Microbial Membranes

    October 1999

    This volume considers the transport of molecules, large and small, across the membranes of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial cells.

  11. Symposium 57: Microbial Signalling and Communication

    May 1999

    Microbial chemical signals, or pheremones, have been found to mediate the regulation of diverse metabolic reactions and processes, such as antibiotic production, pathogenesis, sexual conjugation, sporulation and differentiation. This volume is an invaluable resource for professional microbiologists and an excellent reference text for advanced students.

  12. Symposium 55: Molecular Aspects of Host–Pathogen Interactions

    May 1997

    An understanding of the relationship between a pathogen and its host is essential for the development of effective disease control measures. This volume focuses on interactions at the molecular level, specifically between the proteins of the infectious agent and the host that has been invaded.

  13. Symposium 53: Fifty Years of Antimicrobials

    May 1995

    In the fifty years since the inception of the Society for General Microbiology, the study of pathogenic microbes and the development of methods for their control have been a focus of attention for many microbiologists. This volume reviews the immense progress that has been made during the past half-century, opening with the text of Sir Alexander Fleming's 1946 Linacre Lecture - Chemotherapy: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

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