Good / Standard Reference Books for Biology / Life Science Teaching & Learning for Students & Teachers

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The following are the comprehensive list of topic wise arranged STANDARD REFERENCE BOOKS in biological sciences / life sciences for Teaching and Learning.


(1). For a better foundation:

@.  NCERT Class XI (+1): Chemistry (Download as PDF Part – 1, Part – 2)

@.  NCERT Class XI: (+2): Chemistry (Download as PDF Part – 1, Part – 2)

@.  NCERT Class XI (+1): Biology (Download as PDF)

@.  NCERT Class XII (+2): Biology (Download as PDF)

@.  NCERT Class XI (+1): Physics (Download as PDF Part – 1, Part – 2)

@.  NCERT Class XII (+2): Physics (Download as PDF Part – 1, Part – 2)

@.  NCERT Class X: Mathematics (Download as PDF)

@.  NCERT Class XI: Mathematics (Download as PDF)

@.  NCERT Class XII: Mathematics (Download as PDF Part – 1, Part – 2)

(2). Books for Numerical Ability

@. Quickest Mathematics: Quantitative Aptitude and Numerical Ability for all Competitive Examinations by Kiran Prakashan

@. A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by Agarwal

@. Analytical Reasoning by M. K. Pandey

@. A New Approach to Numerical Ability by Navratan Singh

@. IQ and Aptitude Tests: Assess Your Verbal, Numerical and Spatial Reasoning Skills by Philip Carter

@. Numerical Ability and mathematical Aptitude by Aditham Rao

@. GATE General Aptitude: Numerical and Verbal Ability by ACE Engineering Academy


(3). Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics for Biologists

@. Chemistry for Biologists (Instant notes) by Fisher & Arnold
(Julie Fisher and ‎John Arnold; Instant Notes: Chemistry for Biologists, Ed. 2; 2003; BIOS Scientific Publishers, Taylor & Francis)

@. Mathematics & Statistics for Life Sciences (Instant Notes) by MacKenzie 
(Aulay Mackenzie; Instant Notes: Mathematics and Statistics for Life Sciences; 2005; BIOS Scientific Publishers, Taylor & Francis)

@. General, Organic and Biological Chemistry (Schaum’s Series) by Odian & Blei
(George Odian and ‎Ira Blei; Schaum’s Outilne: General, Organic and Biological Chemistry; 2009; McGraw Hill Professional)

@. Physics for Biology and Health Students (Schaum’s Series) by Hademenos
(George Hademenos; Schaum’s Outline: Physics for Pre-Med, Biology and Allied Health Students; 1998; McGraw Hill)

@. Biochemical Calculations by Segel
(Irwin H. Segel; Biochemical Calculations: How to Solve Mathematical Problems in General Biochemistry; 1976; Wiley International)


(4). General Biology

@. Raven’s Biology by Raven
(Peter Raven, ‎George Johnson, ‎Kenneth Mason; Biology, Ed. 10; 2013; McGraw Hill)

@. Biology by Campbell and Reece
(Neil A. Campbell, ‎Jane B. Reece; Biology, Ed. 9; 2005; Pearson)

@. Biology by Robert Brooker
(Robert J. Brooker, ‎Eric P. Widmaier, ‎Linda E. Graham; Biology, Ed. 3, 2014; McGraw Hill)

@. This is Biology by Mayr
(Ernst Mayr; This is Biology: The Science of Living world; 1998; Harvard University Press)

@. Life by Lewis
(Ricki Lewis; Life; Ed. 6, 2007; McGraw Hill)

@. Life: The Science of Biology by Sadava
(David E. Sadava, ‎David M. Hillis, ‎H. Craig Heller, W. H. Freeman; Life: The Science of Biology; Ed. 10, 2014; Sinauer Associates)

@. Biology: Concepts and Investigations by Hoefnagels
(Marielle Hoefnagels; Biology: Concepts and Investigations; 2012; McGraw Hills)

@. Discover Biology by Cain
(Anu Singh Cundy, Michael Lee Chain and Jennie Dusheck; Discover Biology; 2012; W. W. Norton and Company)

@. 3000 Solved Problems in Biology (Schaum’s Series) by Bernstein
(Ruth Bernstein, ‎Stephen Bernstein; Schaum’s Outline: 3000 Solved Problems in Biology; 2004; McGraw Hill)

@. Biology (Schaum’s Outline) by Fried
(George Fried, ‎George Hademenos; Schaum’s Outline: Biology; 2009; McGraw Hill)


(5). Plant and Animal Sciences (Diversity of Life Forms)

@. Plant Biology by Stern
(Kingsley Rowland Stern, ‎James E. Bidlack, ‎Shelley Jansky; Introductory Plant Biology; 2008; McGraw Hill)

@. Plant Biology (Instant Notes) by Lack & Evans
(Andrew Lack, ‎David Evans; Instant Notes: Plant Biology; 2001; BIOS Scientific Publishers; Taylor & Francis)

@. Animal Biology (Instant Notes) by Jurd
(Richard David Jurd; Instant Notes: Animal Biology; 2004; BIOS Scientific Publishers; Taylor & Francis)

@. Biology of Plants by Raven
(Peter H. Raven, Ray Franklin Evert, Susan E. Eichhorn; Biology of Plants; 2013; W.H. Freeman Publishers)

@. Plant Breeding by B.D. Singh
(B.D. Singh; Plant Breeding: Principles and Methods; 2007; Kalyani Publishers)

@. Plant Pathology by Agrios
(George Agrios; Plant pathology; 2012, Elsevier)


(6). Cell and Molecular Biology

@. Cell and Molecular Biology by Karp:
(Gerald Karp; Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments; 2009; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Molecular Biology of Cells by Bruce Alberts
(Bruce Alberts; Molecular Biology of Cells; 1989; Curier Corporation)

@. Cell and Molecular Biology by De Robertis
(Eduardo D. P. De Robertis, Eduardo M. F. De Robertis; Cell and Molecular Biology; 2001; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)

@. Molecular Cell Biology by Lodish
(Harvey Lodish, ‎Arnold Berk, ‎Chris A. Kaiser; Molecular Cell Biology; 2012; W. H. Freeman)

@. Molecular Biology of the Gene by Watson
(James D. Watson, Tania A. Baker, Stephen P. Bell, Alexaner Gann, Michael Levine and Richard Losick; Molecular Biology of the Gene; 2004; Pearson Education India)

@. Essential Cell Biology by Bruce Alberts
(Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Karen Hopkin, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts and Peter Walter; Essential Cell Biology; 2003;  Taylor & Francis Group)

@. The Cell by Cooper
(Geoffrey M. Cooper, Robert E. Hausman; The Cell: Molecular Approach; 2013; ASM Press)

@. The World of the Cell by Wayne & Lewis
(Wayne M. Becker, Lewis J. Kleinsmith, Jeff Hardinm; The World of the Cell; 2003;  Benjamin Cumming Publishing Company)

@. Molecular Biology by David Clark
(David P. Clark, Nanette J. Pazdernik; Molecular Biology: Understanding the Genetic Revolution; 2012; Elsevier)

@. Molecular Biology by Weaver
(Robert Weaver; Molecular Biology; 2011; McGraw Hill Education)

@. Molecular Biology (Instant Notes) by McLennan
(Alexander McLennan, ‎Andy Bates, ‎Phil Turner; Instant Notes: Molecular Biology; 2012; BIOS Scientific Publishers, Taylor & Francis)

@. Theory and Problems of Molecular and Cell Biology by Stansfield
(William Stansfield, Jaime S. Colome, Raul J. Cano; Schaum’s Outline: Theory and Problems of Molecular and Cell Biology; 1996; McGraw Hill Professional)


(7). Genetics

@. Genetics: A Conceptual Approach by Pierce
(Benjamin A. Pierce; Genetics: A Conceptual Approach; 2012, W.H. Freeman)

@. Concept of Genetics by Klug
(William S. Klug, Michael R. Cummings, Charlotte A. Spence; Concept of Genetics; 2014; Pearson)

@. Genes IX by Lewin
(Benjamin Lewin; Genes IX; 2008; Jones & Bartlett Learning)

@. Principles of Genetics by Tamarin
(Robert H. Tamarin, Ken Zwicker; Principles of Genetics; 1992; Wm. C. Brown Publishers)

@. Principles of Genetics by Snustard
(D. Peter Snustad, Michael J. Simmons; Principles of Genetics; 2012; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Genetics: Analysis and Principles by Brooker
(Robert J. Brooker; Genetics: Analysis and Principles’ 2005, McGraw Hill Higher Education)

@. Principles of Genetics by Gardner  
(Eldon John Gardner, D. Peter Snustad; principles of Genetics; 1991; Wiley)

@. Lewin’s Genes XI by Krebs
(Benjamin Lewin, Jocelyn E. Krebs, Elliott S. Goldstein, Stephen T. Kilpatrick; Lewin’s Genes XI; 2014; Jones & Bartlett Publishers)

@. Genetics: Principles and Analysis by Hartl & Jones
(Daniel L. Hartl, Elizabeth W. Jones; Genetics: Principles and Analysis; 1998; Jones and Bartlett Publishers)

@. An Introduction to Genetic Analysis by Griffiths  
(Anthony J. F. Griffiths, Susan R. Wessler, Sean B. Carroll, John Doebley; An Introduction to Genetic Analysis; 2011; MacMillan Higher Education)

@. Genetics (Instant Notes) by Fletcher & Hickey
(Hugh Fletcher, Ivor Hickey; Instant Notes: Genetics; 2012; Garland Science, Taylor & Francis)

@. Theory and Problems of Genetics by Stansfield
(William D. Stansfield; Schaum’s Outline: Theory and problems of Genetics; 1983; McGraw Hill)

@. Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes by Hartl & Ruvolo
(Daniel Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo; Genetics: Analysis of Genes and Genomes; 2011; Jones & Bartlett Publishers)


(8). Biochemistry

@. Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry by Nelson & Cox
(David Lee Nelson, Michael M. Cox; Lehninger’s Principles of Biochemistry, 2013, W.H. Freeman)

@. Fundamentals of Biochemistry by Voet & Voet
(Donald Voet, Judith G. Voet, Charlotte W. Pratt; Fundamentals of Biochemistry; 2012; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Biochemistry by Stryer
(Jeremy M. Berg, John L. Tymoczko, Lubert Stryer; Biochemistry; 2010; W.H. Freeman)

@. Biochemistry (Instant Notes) by Hames & Hooper
(David Hames, Nigel Hooper; Instant Notes: Biochemistry; 2011; Taylor & Francis)

@. Plant Biochemistry by Walter
(Hans-Walter Heldt, Birgit Piechulla; Plant Biochemistry, Ed. 4; 2011; Academic)

@. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants by Bob Buchanan
(Bob Buchanan, Wilhelm Gruissem, Russell Jones; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, Ed. 2; 2015; Wiley)

@. Enzymes by Palmer
(T Palmer, P L Bonne; Enzyme: Biochemistry, Biotechnology, Clinical Chemistry; 2007; Elsevier)

@. Biochemistry by Garret & Grisham
(Reginald Garrett, Charles Grisham; Biochemistry; 2012; Cengage Learning)

@. Biochemistry by Campbell & Farrell
(Mary Campbell, Shawn Farrell; Biochemistry; 2014; Cengage Learning)

@. Biochemistry and Genetics: 500 Questions by Wilson
(Golder Wilson; Biochemistry and Genetics: 500 Question; 2013; McGraw Hill Professional)

@. Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry by Murray
(Robert K. Murray, Harold Anthony Harper; Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry; 2006; Lange Medical Books/McGraw Hill)

@. Medical Biochemistry by Baynes
(John Baynes, Marek H. Dominiczak; Medical Biochemistry; 2014; Elsevier Health Sciences)

@. Principles of Biochemistry by Moran
(Laurence A Moran, Robert A Horton, Gray Scrimgeour, Marc Perry, David Rawn; Principles of Biochemistry; 2013; Pearson Education Limited)

@. Theory and Problems of Biochemistry by Kuchel
(Philip W. Kuchel; Schaum’s Outline: Theory and problems of Biochemistry; 1998; McGraw Hill Professional)


(9). Plant Physiology

@. Plant Physiology by Taiz
(Lincoln Taiz, Eduardo Zeiger; Plant Physiology; 2010; Sinauer Associates)

@. Plant Physiology by Salisbury & Ross
(Frank Salisbury, Cleon Ross; Plant Physiology, Ed. 4; 1991, Wiley)

@. Plant Physiology and Development by Taiz
(Lincoln Taiz, Eduardo Zeiger, Ian M. Moller, Angus Murphy; Plant Physiology and Development, Ed. 6; 2015)

@. Advanced Plant Physiology by Wilkins
(Malcolm B. Wilkins; Advanced Plant Physiology; 1984; Pub- Pitman)


(10). Animal Physiology, Medical Physiology and Endocrinology

@. Text book of Medical Physiology by Guyton
(Arthur Clifton Guyton, John Edward Hall; Text Book of Medical Physiology; 2010; Elsevier Saunders)

@. Endocrinology by Hadley
(Mac E. Hadley; Endocrinology; 2012; Prentice Hall)

@. Comparative Vertebrate Endocrinology by Bentley
(P. J. Bentley; comparative Vertebrate Enxocrinology; 1998; Cambridge University Press)

@. Physiological Systems in Insects by Klowden
(Marc J Klowden; Physiological Systems in Insects; 2013; Academic Press)

@. Principles of Anatomy and Physiology by Tortora
(Gerard J. Tortora, Bryan H. Derrickson; Principles of Anatomy and Physiology; 2008; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Principles of Animal Physiology by Moyes & Schulte
(Christopher D. Moyes, Patricia M. Schulte; Principles of Animal Physiology; 2013; Pearson)

@. Vertebrate Endocrinology by Norris
(David O. Norris, James A. Carr; Vertebrate Endocrinology; 2013; Academic Press)

@. Neuroscience (Instant Notes) by Alan Longstaff
(Alan Longstaff; Instant Notes: Neuroscience; 2011; Taylor & Francis)

@. Human Physiology (Instant Notes) by McLaughlin
(Daniel P. McLaughlin, J. A. Stamford, David A. White; Instant Notes: Human Physiology; 2007; Taylor & Francis)

@. Human Anatomy and Physiology by Graaff
(Kent Van de Graaff, R. Rhees, Sidney Palmer; Schaum’s Outline: Human Anatomy and Physiology; 2013; McGraw Hill Professional)

@. Review of Medical Physiology by William Ganong
(William Ganong; Review of Medical Physiology; 2005; McGraw Hill Professional)


(11). Immunology

@. Immunology by Kuby
(Thomas J. Kindt, Richard A. Goldsby, Barbara A. Osborne, Janis Kuby; Immunology, 2007; W.H. Freeman)

@. Essential Immunology by Ivan Roitt
(Peter J. Delves, Seamus J. Martin, Dennis R. Burton, Ivan M. Roitt; Essential Immunology; 2011; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Immunology (Instant Notes) by Lydyard
(Peter Lydyard, Alex Whelan, Michael Fanger; Instant Notes: Immunology; 2011; Taylor & Francis)

@. Immunology (Schaum’s series) by Pinchuk
(George Pinchuk; Schaum’s Outline: Immunology; 2001; McGraw Hill Professional)


(12). Microbiology (Bacteriology and Virology)

@. Prescott’s Microbiology by Prescott
(Joanne M. Willey, Linda Sherwood, Christopher J. Woolverton; Prescott’s Microbiology, 2011; McGraw Hill)

@. Microbiology by Pelczar
(Michael Joseph Pelczar, Eddie Chin Sun Chan, Noel R. Krieg; Microbiology, 1993; McGraw Hill)

@. Microbiology by Tortora
(Gerard J. Tortora, Berdell R. Funke, Christine L. Case; Microbiology; 2015; Pearson Education)

@. Brock Biology of Microorganisms by Madigan
(Michael T. Madigan , David P. Clark, David Stahl , John M. Martinko; Broock Biology of Microorganisms; 2010; Benjamin Cummings)

@. Microbiology (Instant Notes) by Baker
(Simon Baker, Jane Nicklin, Caroline Griffiths; Instant Notes: Microbiology; 2011; Taylor & Francis)

@. Medical Microbiology (Instant Notes) by Irving
(William L. Irving, Dlawer A. A. Ala’Aldeen, Tim Boswell; Instant Notes: Medical Microbiology; 2005; Garland Science, Taylor & Francis)

@. Microbiology by Alcamo
(I. Edward Alcamo, Jennifer Warner; Schaum’s Outline: Microbiology; 2009; McGraw Hill Professional)


(13). Biotechnology and Gene Manipulation

@. Principles of Gene Manipulation and Genomics by Primrose
(Sandy B. Primrose, Richard Twyman; Principles of Gene Manipulation; 2013; John Wiley and Sons)

@. Genomes by T. A. Brown
(Terence A. Brown; Genomes; 2007; Garland Science)

@. Molecular Cloning by Sambrook Vol-1, 2, 3
(Joseph Sambrook, David William Russell; Molecular Cloning: A Laboratory Manual, Vol- 1, 2, 3; 2001; CSHL Press)

@. Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis by T. A. Brown
(T. A. Brown; Gene Cloning and DNA Analysis; 2013; John Wiley & Sons)

@. DNA Technology by Alcamo
(I. Edward Alcamo; DNA Technology; 2001; Gulf Professional Publishing)

@. Molecular Biotechnology by Glick & Pasternack
(Bernard R. Glick, Jack J. Pasternak, Cheryl L. Patten; Molecular Biotechnology: Principles and Applications of Recombinant DNA; 2010; ASM Press)

@. Plant Tissue Culture by Razdan
(Razdan; Introduction to Plant Tissue Culture; 2003; Oxford and IBH Publishing)

@. Biotechnology by Satyanarayana
(U. Satyanarayana; Biotechnology; 2013; Books and Allied (P.) Limited)

@. Plant Biotechnology by Slater & Scott
(Adrian Slater, Nigel W. Scott, Mark R. Fowler; Plant Biotechnology: The Genetic Manipulation of Plants; 2008; Oxford University Press)

@. Discovering Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics by Campbell
(Alastair Campbell; Discovering Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics; 2004; Pearson Education Limited)

@. Introduction to Biotechnology by Campbell & Brown
(C. M. Brown, Iain Campbell, F. G. Priest; Introduction to Biotechnology; 1987; Blackwell Scientific Publications)


(14). Applied Biology

@. Principles of Fermentation Technology by Stanbury
(Peter F. Stanbury, Allan Whitaker, Stephen J. Hall; Principles of Fermentation Technology; 2013; Elsevier)

@. Industrial Microbiology by Casida
(L.E. Casida; Industrial Microbiology; 2005; New Age International (P.) Limited Publishers)

@. Environmental Biotechnology by Evans & Furlong
(Gareth G. Evans, Judy Furlong; Environmental Biotechnology: Theory and Applications; 2011; John Wiley & Sons)


(15). Biophysical Instrumentation

@. Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by Wilson & Walker
(Keith Wilson, John Walker; Principles and Techniques of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; 2010; Cambridge University Press)

@. Molecular and Cellular Biophysics by Jackson
(Meyer B. Jackson; Molecular and Cellular Biophysics; 2006; Cambridge University Press)

@. Introductory Biophysics by Tran
(J. R. Claycomb, Jonathan Quoc P. Tran; Introductory Biophysics: Perspective on the Living State; 2010; Jones & Bartlett Publishers)

@. Introductory Biophysics by Cerdonio & Noble  
(Massimo Cerdonio, Robert W. Noble; Introductory Biophysics; 1986; World Scientific)

(16). Bioinformatics

@. Introduction to Bioinformatics by Lesk
(Arthur M. Lesk; Introduction to Bioinformatics; 2014; Oxford University Press)

@. Bioinformatics by Baxevanis & Ouellette
(Andreas D. Baxevanis, B. F. Francis Ouellette; Bioinformatics: A Practical Guide to the Analysis of Genes and Proteins; 2004; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Bioinformatics (Instant Notes) by Hodgman
(T. Charlie Hodgman, Andrew French, David R. Westhead; Instant Notes: Bioinformatics; 2010; Taylor & Francis)

(17). Biostatistics and Research Methodology

@. Introductory Biostatistics by Chap Le
(Chap T. Le; Introductory Biostatistics; 2003; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Statistical Methods in Medical Research by Armitage
(Peter Armitage, Geoffrey Berry, J. N. S. Matthews; Statistical Methods in Medical Research; 2008; John Wiley & Sons)

@. Research Methodology by Kothari
(C. R. Kothari; Research Methodology: Methods and Techniques; 2004; New Age International)


(18). Embryology and Developmental Biology

@. Developmental Biology by Gilbert
(Scott F. Gilbert; Developmental Biology; 2014; Sinauer)

@. An Introduction to Embryology by Balinsky
(Boris Ivan Balinsky, B. C. Fabian; An Introduction to Embryology; 1981; Saunders College Pub.)

@. Developmental Biology (Instant Notes) by Twyman
(Richard M. Twyman; Instant Notes: Developmental Biology; 2001; Taylor & Francis)

@. Principles of Development by Lewis
(Lewis Wolpert, Cheryll Tickle; Principles of Development; 2011; Oxford University Press)


(19). Evolution and Behavioral Biology

@. Evolution by Strickberger
(Brian Keith Hall, Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Monroe W. Strickberger; Evolution; 2013; Jones & Bartlett Publishers)

@. The Theory of Evolution by Dawkins & Maynard  
(John Maynard Smith; The Theory of Evolution; 1993; Cambridge University Press)

@. Principles of Insect Morphology by Snodgrass
(Snodgrass R.E.; Principles of Insect Morphology; 2004; CBS Publishers & Distributors)

@. The Insects: Structure, Function and Biodiversity by Ambrose
(Dunston P. Ambrose; The Insects: Structure, Function and Biodiversity; 2004; Kalyani Publishers, 2004)


(20). Ecology and Environmental Sciences

@. Basic Ecology by Odum
(Eugene Pleasants Odum; Basic Ecology; 1983; Saunders College Pub.)

@. Fundamentals of Ecology by Odum
(Eugene P. Odum; Fundamental of Ecology; 2005; Cengage Learning India Private Limited)

@. Elements of Ecology by Smith & Smith
(Thomas Michael Smith, Robert Leo Smith; Elements of Ecology; 2012; Pearson Benjamin Cummings)

@. Plant Ecology by Erwin Beck
(Ernst-Detlef Schulze, Erwin Beck, Klaus Müller-Hohenstein; Plant Ecology; 2005; Springer Science & Business Media)

@. Ecology (Instant Notes) by Mackenzie
(Aulay Mackenzie, Sonia R. Virdee, A. S. Ball; Instant Notes: Ecology; 1998; BIOS Scientific Publishers)

@. Ecology: Theories and Applications by Peter Stiling
(Peter D. Stiling; Ecology: Theories and Applications; 2002; Prentice Hall)

@. Ecology: Concepts and Applications by Molles
(Manuel Carl Molles; Ecology: Concepts and Applications; 2012; McGraw-Hill)


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