Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Section I Archaea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Maria Prokofeva, Alexander Merkel, Alexander Lebedinsky, Elizaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaya
      Pages 9-14
    3. Kristen Brileya, Anna-Louise Reysenbach
      Pages 15-23
    4. Takashi Itoh
      Pages 25-28
    5. Olga V. Golyshina
      Pages 29-34
    6. Anna Perevalova, Alexander Lebedinsky, Elizaveta Bonch-Osmolovskaya
      Pages 35-40
    7. Aharon Oren
      Pages 41-121
    8. William B. Whitman, Timothy L. Bowen, David R. Boone
      Pages 123-163
    9. Aharon Oren
      Pages 165-193
    10. Aharon Oren
      Pages 195-199
    11. Aharon Oren
      Pages 201-208
    12. Sanae Sakai, Ralf Conrad, Hiroyuki Imachi
      Pages 209-214
    13. Aharon Oren
      Pages 215-224
    14. Aharon Oren
      Pages 225-230
    15. Aharon Oren
      Pages 231-246
    16. Aharon Oren
      Pages 247-252
    17. Aharon Oren
      Pages 253-258
    18. Aharon Oren
      Pages 259-281
    19. Aharon Oren
      Pages 283-290
    20. Aharon Oren
      Pages 291-295
    21. Aharon Oren
      Pages 297-306
    22. Aharon Oren
      Pages 307-309
    23. Harald Huber, Lydia Kreuter
      Pages 311-318
    24. Anna-Louise Reysenbach, Kristen Brileya
      Pages 319-321
    25. Sonja-Verena Albers, Bettina Siebers
      Pages 323-346
    26. Michaela Stieglmeier, Ricardo J. E. Alves, Christa Schleper
      Pages 347-362
    27. Gerrit J. Schut, Gina L. Lipscomb, Yejun Han, Jaspreet S. Notey, Robert M. Kelly, Michael M. W. Adams
      Pages 363-383
    28. Anna-Louise Reysenbach, Kristen Brileya
      Pages 385-387
    29. Takashi Itoh
      Pages 389-401
  3. Section II Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Barbara J. Campbell
      Pages 405-415
    3. Radhey S. Gupta
      Pages 417-445
    4. Kevin C. Y. Lee, Peter F. Dunfield, Matthew B. Stott
      Pages 447-458
    5. Hannah M. Wexler
      Pages 459-484
    6. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 485-486
    7. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 487-488
    8. Koji Mori, Nobuyuki Fujita
      Pages 489-492
    9. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 493-495
    10. Stephen Lory
      Pages 497-499
    11. Johannes F. Imhoff
      Pages 501-514
    12. Max M. Häggblom, Elisabetta Bini
      Pages 533-537
    13. John P. Bowman
      Pages 539-550
    14. Anil Kumar Pinnaka, Naga Radha Srinivas Tanuku
      Pages 551-575
    15. Mark J. McBride, Weifeng Liu, Xuemei Lu, Yongtao Zhu, Weixin Zhang
      Pages 577-593
    16. Corentine Alauzet, Estelle Jumas-Bilak
      Pages 595-611
    17. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 613-615
    18. Takuro Nunoura
      Pages 617-625

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

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

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