Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liii
  2. Archaea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harald Huber, Robert Huber, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 10-22
    3. Harald Huber, David Prangishvili
      Pages 23-51
    4. Harald Huber, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 52-68
    5. Costanzo Bertoldo, Garabed Antranikian
      Pages 69-81
    6. Patricia Hartzell, David W. Reed
      Pages 82-100
    7. Harald Huber, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 101-112
    8. Aharon Oren
      Pages 113-164
    9. William B. Whitman, Timothy L. Bowen, David R. Boone
      Pages 165-207
    10. Jean-Louis Garcia, Bernard Ollivier, William B. Whitman
      Pages 208-230
    11. Adam S. Bonin, David R. Boone
      Pages 231-243
    12. Melissa M. Kendall, David R. Boone
      Pages 244-256
    13. William B. Whitman, Christian Jeanthon
      Pages 257-273
    14. Harald Huber, Michael J. Hohn, Reinhard Rachel, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 274-280
    15. Scott C. Dawson, Edward F. Delong, Norman R. PACE
      Pages 281-289
  3. Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Firmicutes (Gram-Positive Bacteria)

      1. Erko Stackebrandt, Peter Schumann
        Pages 297-321
      2. Bruno Biavati, Paola Mattarelli
        Pages 322-382

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

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer New York 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-0-387-25493-7
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-30743-5
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