Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Section 1: Biology of Bacteria and Archaea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. W. Ford Doolittle, Olga Zhaxybayeva
      Pages 21-37
    3. Hans G. Schlegel, Holger W. Jannasch
      Pages 39-80
    4. Günter Wächtershäuser
      Pages 81-88
    5. Stephen H. Zinder, Martin Dworkin
      Pages 89-122
    6. Peter Kämpfer, Stefanie P. Glaeser
      Pages 123-147
    7. Asli Ismihan Ozen, Tammi Vesth, David W. Ussery
      Pages 209-227
    8. Konstantinos T. Konstantinidis, Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 229-254
    9. Santiago Castillo-Ramírez, Edward J. Feil
      Pages 255-266
    10. David Smith, Dagmar Fritze, Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 267-304
    11. Zea D. V. L. Mayerhoff, Irene von der Weid, Alessandra B. G. Valladão
      Pages 305-314
    12. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 315-328
    13. Betania Ferraz Quirino, Cristine Chaves Barreto, Georgios J. Pappas Jr., Karsten Zengler, Konstantinos Krampis, Ricardo H. Krüger
      Pages 329-344
  3. Section 2: Symbiotic Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David G. Adams, Birgitta Bergman, Sandra A. Nierzwicki-Bauer, Paula S. Duggan, Amar N. Rai, Arthur Schüßler
      Pages 359-400
    3. Michael J. Sadowsky, Peter H. Graham, Masayuki Sugawara
      Pages 401-425
    4. Michael Schweikert, Masahiro Fujishima, Hans-Dieter Görtz
      Pages 427-463
    5. Paul Baumann, Nancy A. Moran, Linda C. Baumann
      Pages 465-496
    6. Eric V. Stabb, Karen L. Visick
      Pages 497-532
    7. Itzhak Mizrahi
      Pages 533-544
    8. Colleen M. Cavanaugh, Zoe P. McKiness, Irene L. G. Newton, Frank J. Stewart
      Pages 579-607

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
  • Stephen Lory
    • 3
  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 4
  • Fabiano Thompson
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Biological EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell CulturesBraunschweigGermany
  5. 5.Laboratory of Microbiology, Institute of Biology, Center for Health SciencesFederal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)Ilha do FundãoBrazil

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