Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Raul Munoz, Pablo Yarza, Ramon Rosselló-Móra
    Pages 1-3
  3. Erko Stackebrandt
    Pages 5-12
  4. Alison M. Berry, Ravi D. Barabote, Philippe Normand
    Pages 13-19
  5. Atteyet-Alla Fetouh Yassin
    Pages 21-103
  6. Hans-Jürgen Busse, Monika Wieser
    Pages 105-132
  7. Moriyuki Hamada
    Pages 133-139
  8. Marie-Pierre Forquin-Gomez, Bart C. Weimer, Louis Sorieul, Jörn Kalinowski, Tatiana Vallaeys
    Pages 141-153
  9. Erko Stackebrandt, Stefano Donadio
    Pages 155-161
  10. Erko Stackebrandt, Peter Schumann
    Pages 163-184
  11. Luciana Albuquerque, Milton S. da Costa
    Pages 185-200
  12. Thomas Clavel, Patricia Lepage, Cédric Charrier
    Pages 201-238
  13. Andreas Tauch, Jasmin Sandbote
    Pages 239-277
  14. Tomohiko Tamura
    Pages 279-287
  15. Erko Stackebrandt
    Pages 289-299
  16. Erko Stackebrandt, Peter Schumann
    Pages 301-315
  17. Konstantina Kagia, Wen-Tso Liu
    Pages 317-325
  18. Rüdiger Pukall
    Pages 327-338
  19. Philippe Normand, David R. Benson, Alison M. Berry, Louis S. Tisa
    Pages 339-356
  20. Luciana Albuquerque, Milton S. da Costa
    Pages 357-360

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
    • 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

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30137-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30138-4
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