'The timing is absolutely perfect for the publication of this informative and inspirational collection of articles ... The book is genuinely a brilliant resource ... an absolutely excellent book' (ChemMedChem) 'vast amounts of new and relevant information' (Aus. J. Med. Sci.) 'packed full of useful information ... I recommend this book as an essential reference' (Microbiology Today) '...an updated overview of the field ... insightful reading' (BIOspektrum) 'a useful resource' (Book News) This book is essential reading for everyone working in antimicrobial research in academia, biotechnology companies, and the pharmaceutical industry and a recommended volume for all microbiology libraries. Respected international experts summarize the most important research to provide a timely overview of the field. Opening chapters define antibiotic, explain why we need new compounds, outline the applications of antibiotics, both old and new, and describe the producing microbes. These are followed by chapters that cover antibiotic resistance, toxicity, overuse, new antimicrobial sources, new targets, novel technologies for antibiotic discovery (e.g. silent gene clusters), lantibiotics, natural antivirals, new macrolide derivatives, and antibiotics in the pipeline.