Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Section I Firmicutes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 3-6
    3. Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 7-12
    4. Amel Bouanane-Darenfed, Marie-Laure Fardeau, Bernard Ollivier
      Pages 13-17
    5. Paul A. Lawson, Matthew E. Caldwell
      Pages 19-65
    6. Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 67-73
    7. Stephen Lory
      Pages 75-77
    8. Susanne Verbarg, Markus Göker, Carmen Scheuner, Peter Schumann, Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 79-105
    9. Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 107-108
    10. Ingar Olsen
      Pages 109-132
    11. Niall A. Logan
      Pages 133-147
    12. André Antunes
      Pages 179-184
    13. W. Matthew Sattley, Michael T. Madigan
      Pages 185-196
    14. Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 197-201
    15. Leon Dicks, Akihito Endo
      Pages 203-212
    16. Stephen Lory
      Pages 213-214
    17. Timo T. Nieminen, Elina Säde, Akihito Endo, Per Johansson, Johanna Björkroth
      Pages 215-240

About this book


The Prokaryotes is a comprehensive, multi-authored, peer reviewed reference work on Bacteria and Achaea.  This fourth edition of The Prokaryotes is organized to cover all taxonomic diversity, using the family level to delineate chapters.

Different from other resources, this new Springer product includes not only taxonomy, but also prokaryotic biology and technology of taxa in a broad context. Technological aspects highlight the usefulness of prokaryotes in processes and products, including biocontrol agents and as genetics tools.

The content of the expanded fourth edition is divided into two parts: Part 1 contains review chapters dealing with the most important general concepts in molecular, applied and general prokaryote biology; Part 2 describes the known properties of specific taxonomic groups.

Two completely new sections have been added to Part 1: bacterial communities and human bacteriology. The bacterial communities section reflects the growing realization that studies on pure cultures of bacteria have led to an incomplete picture of the microbial world for two fundamental reasons: the vast majority of bacteria in soil, water and associated with biological tissues are currently not culturable, and that an understanding of microbial ecology requires knowledge on how different bacterial species interact with each other in their natural environment. The new section on human microbiology deals with bacteria associated with healthy humans and bacterial pathogenesis. Each of the major human diseases caused by bacteria is reviewed, from identifying the pathogens by classical clinical and non-culturing techniques to the biochemical mechanisms of the disease process.

The 4th edition of The Prokaryotes is the most complete resource on the biology of prokaryotes.

The following volumes are published consecutively within the 4th Edition:

Prokaryotic Biology and Symbiotic Associations

Prokaryotic Communities and Ecophysiology

Prokaryotic Physiology and Biochemistry

Applied Bacteriology and Biotechnology

Human Microbiology



Alphaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria


Deltaproteobacteria and Epsilonproteobacteria

Other Major Lineages of Bacteria and the Archaea


Bacteria Ecology Infectious diseases Microbes Prokaryotes Systematic

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 1
  • Edward F. DeLong
    • 2
    • 3
  • Stephen Lory
    • 4
  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 5
  • Fabiano Thompson
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Biological EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and EducationUniversity of Hawaii, ManoaHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.Department of Microbiology and ImmunobiologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell CulturesBraunschweigGermany
  6. 6.Laboratory of Microbiology, Institute of Biology, Center for Health SciencesFederal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)Ilha do FundãoBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30119-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30120-9
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