Applied Microbial Systematics

  • Fergus G. Priest
  • Michael Goodfellow

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Michael Goodfellow
      Pages 1-18
  3. Phylogeny

    1. James R. Brown, Kristin K. Koretke
      Pages 19-55
  4. Soil, Plants and Insects

    1. Peter Jeffries, John C. Dodd
      Pages 73-105
    2. Heitor L. C. Coutinho, Valéria M. De Oliveira, Fátima M. S. Moreira
      Pages 107-134
    3. Fergus G. Priest, Susan J. Dewar
      Pages 165-202
    4. Richard A. Humber
      Pages 203-230
  5. Environment and Its Exploitation

    1. Jakob K. Kristjansson, Gudmundur O. Hreggvidsson, William D. Grant
      Pages 231-291
    2. Brett M. Goebel, Paul R. Norris, Nicolas P. Burton
      Pages 293-314
    3. Gerrit Voordouw
      Pages 315-332
    4. Martina M. Ederer, Ronald L. Crawford
      Pages 333-365
  6. Food and Medicine

    1. Lars Axelsson, Siv Ahrné
      Pages 367-388
    2. Lawrence G. Wayne
      Pages 389-419
  7. Regulatory Aspects

    1. Vanderlei P. Canhos, Gilson P. Manfio
      Pages 421-446
    2. Dagmar Fritze, Vera Weihs
      Pages 447-469
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 471-479

About this book


Modern approaches to microbial classification and identification, particularly those based on nucleic acid analysis, have raised the awareness and interest of microbiologists in systematics during the past decade. The extended scope of the subject has revolutionized microbial ecology with the demonstration of uncultivable microorganisms as a major component of the biosphere and evolution, with the ribosomal RNA phylogenetic tree as the basis of current classifications. However, advances in microbial systematics have also had enormous impact on other, diverse aspects of microbiology such as animal pathogenicity, plant-microbe interactions and relationships with food.
In this book, we survey and discuss in depth the contribution of modern taxonomic approaches to our understanding of the microbiology of these various systems. The book does not concentrate on methods - these have been well reported elsewhere - instead it provides a unique insight into the application and value of modern systematics in diverse branches of microbiology. It will be of value to microbiologists at both research and technical levels who need to appreciate the range of organisms with which they work and the diversity within them. It will also be of value to teachers and students of microbiology courses who want to understand how systematics can enhance microbiology beyond the routine of classification, nomenclature, and identification.


Archaea Molecular ecology RNA evolution genes microbe microbiology microorganism nitrogen phylogeny systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Fergus G. Priest
    • 1
  • Michael Goodfellow
    • 2
  1. 1.Heriot-Watt UniversityEdinburghUK
  2. 2.University of NewcastleNewcastle upon TyneUK

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