Table of contents

  1. Aquificales

    1. Robert Huber, Wolfgang Eder
      Pages 925-938
  2. Phylogenetically Unaffiliated Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 939-939
    2. Jan W. M. La Rivière, Karin Schmidt
      Pages 941-954
    3. Bernhard Schink
      Pages 955-959
    4. Patrick R. Dugan, Daphne L. Stoner, Harvey M. Pickrum
      Pages 960-970
    5. James R. Greenwood, Sydney M. Harvey
      Pages 983-985
    6. Peter Hirsch
      Pages 986-989
    7. Hans H. Hanert
      Pages 990-995
    8. Jean M. Schmidt, Georgi A. Zavarzin
      Pages 996-997
    9. Peter Hirsch
      Pages 998-1000
    10. Peter Hirsch
      Pages 1001-1004
    11. Tor Hofstad
      Pages 1016-1027
    12. Kwang W. Jeon+
      Pages 1028-1037
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 1039-1073

About this book


The first edition of The Prokaryotes, published in 1981, took a bold step to become the most comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedic handbook on prokaryotes. Another important step was taken with the second edition in 1992, when the chapters were organized on the basis of the molecular phylogeny as a rational, evolutionary basis for the taxonomy of the prokaryotes. By then, the two volumes of the first edition had expanded to four.

With the decision to publish the handbook electronically, the third edition was the boldest step of all. The advantages were obvious and persuasive: essentially unlimited space, no restrictions on the use of color, and the inclusion of film and animated illustrations. Nevertheless, the affection for a printed handbook was highly underestimated and during the first 5 years of the continuously evolving online version, a growing demand for a new print edition was voiced by the scientific and corporate community.

Thus, Springer is now publishing a third edition in printed form. In total, 7 volumes will make up this new fully revised and updated version. Compared to the second edition, this edition will contain 85% new contents, printed in color throughout. It will be ideally suited for research centers in academia and in the corporate world that need reliable and up-to-date information on the biology of the prokaryotic organisms.


Bacteria Ecology Infectious Diseases Microbes Prokaryotes Systematics microbial

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Dworkin (Editor-in-Chief)
    • 1
  • Stanley Falkow
    • 2
  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 3
  • Karl-Heinz Schleifer
    • 4
  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of MinnesotaTwin CitiesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyStanford University Medical SchoolStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityRamat-AvivIsrael
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyTechnical University MunichMunichGermany
  5. 5.DSMZ- German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbHBraunschweigGermany

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