Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liii
  2. Proteobacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Karel Kersters, Paul De Vos, Monique Gillis, Jean Swings, Peter Vandamme, Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 3-37
    3. Alpha Subclass

      1. Johannes F. Imhoff
        Pages 41-64
      2. Gary E. Oertli, Cheryl Jenkins, Naomi Ward, Fred Rainey, Erko Stackebrant, James T. Staley
        Pages 65-71
      3. Ann G. Matthysse
        Pages 91-114
      4. Anton Hartmann, Jose Ivo Baldani
        Pages 115-140
      5. Michael Schmid, Jose Ivo Baldani, Anton Hartmann
        Pages 141-150
      6. Jan Hendrik Becking
        Pages 151-162
      7. Karel Kersters, Puspita Lisdiyanti, Kazuo Komagata, Jean Swings
        Pages 163-200
      8. Hermann Sahm, Stephanie Bringer-Meyer, Georg A. Sprenger
        Pages 201-221
      9. Kenneth H. Nealson
        Pages 222-231
      10. Donovan P. Kelly, Frederick A. Rainey, Ann P. Wood
        Pages 232-249
      11. Jürgen Eberspächer, Franz Lingens
        Pages 250-256
      12. Peter N. Green
        Pages 257-265
      13. Juergen Wiegel
        Pages 290-314
      14. Edgardo Moreno, Ignacio Moriyón
        Pages 315-456

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 978-0-387-25495-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-30745-9
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