Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Section 1: Prokaryotic Communities

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David A. Stahl, Jason J. Flowers, Meredith Hullar, Seana Davidson
      Pages 3-30
    3. Martin F. Polz, William P. Hanage
      Pages 31-42
    4. M. Rhodes, J. Knelman, R. C. Lynch, J. L. Darcy, D. R. Nemergut, S. K. Schmidt
      Pages 43-55
    5. Dror Minz, Maya Ofek, Yitzhak Hadar
      Pages 56-84
    6. Andrew Macrae, Rosalie R. R. Coelho, Raquel Peixoto, Alexandre S. Rosado
      Pages 85-95
    7. Jakob Pernthaler
      Pages 97-112
    8. Osvaldo Ulloa, Jody J. Wright, Lucy Belmar, Steven J. Hallam
      Pages 113-122
    9. Andreas Teske
      Pages 123-138
    10. John P. Bowman
      Pages 139-161
    11. David G. Bourne, Nicole S. Webster
      Pages 163-187
  3. Section 2: Ecophysiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Kevin C. Marshall*
      Pages 191-201
    3. Jörg Overmann, Ferran Garcia-Pichel
      Pages 203-257
    4. Ruth A. Schmitz, Rolf Daniel, Uwe Deppenmeier, Gerhard Gottschalk
      Pages 259-273
    5. Donovan P. Kelly, Ann P. Wood
      Pages 275-287
    6. Judith P. Armitage, Kathryn A. Scott
      Pages 289-316
    7. Lawrence J. Shimkets
      Pages 317-336
    8. Rainer Jaenicke, Reinhard Sterner
      Pages 337-374
    9. Thilo M. Fuchs, Klaus Neuhaus, Siegfried Scherer
      Pages 375-420
    10. Aharon Oren
      Pages 421-440
    11. Terry Ann Krulwich, Masahiro Ito
      Pages 441-469
    12. Bernhard Schink, Alfons J. M. Stams
      Pages 471-493
    13. Bonnie L. Bassler, Melissa B. Miller
      Pages 495-509
    14. Dale Kaiser
      Pages 511-528

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.


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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