© 1994

Bacterial Diversity and Systematics

  • Fergus G. Priest
  • Alberto Ramos-Cormenzana
  • B. J. Tindall

Part of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies Symposium Series book series (FEMS, volume 75)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Karl-Heinz Schleifer, Wolfgang Ludwig
    Pages 1-15
  3. Robert K. Selander, Jia Li, E. Fidelma Boyd, Fu-Sheng Wang, Kimberlyn Nelson
    Pages 17-49
  4. Karel Kersters, Bruno Pot, Dirk Dewettinck, Urbain Torck, Marc Vancanneyt, Luc Vauterin et al.
    Pages 51-66
  5. Michael Goodfellow, Jongsik Chun, Ekrem Atalan, Jean-Jacques Sanglier
    Pages 87-104
  6. Carlos Martín, Sofía Samper, Isabel Otal, Pilar Asensio, Rafael Goméz-Lus, Gabriela Torrea et al.
    Pages 105-113
  7. Rudolf Amann, Wolfgang Ludwig
    Pages 115-135
  8. Elizabeth M. H. Wellington, Annaliesa S. Huddleston, Peter Marsh
    Pages 137-152
  9. T. Martin Embley, Bland J. Finlay
    Pages 153-160
  10. Milton S. da Costa, M. Fernanda Nobre
    Pages 173-193
  11. Brian E. Jones, William D. Grant, Nadine C. Collins, Wanjiru E. Mwatha
    Pages 195-230
  12. Fergus G. Priest, Marilena Aquino de Muro, Denise A. Kaji
    Pages 275-295
  13. Hanne Gürtler, Lisbeth Anker
    Pages 297-307
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 323-331

About this book


Bacterial taxonomy as a specialized discipline is practised by a minority but the applications of taxonomy are important to most, if not all microbiologists. It is the implementation of taxonomic ideas and practises which gives rise to identification and typing systems, procedures for the analysis and characterization of biodiversity, hypotheses about the evolution of micro-organisms, and improved procedures for the isolation and implementation of bacteria in biotechnological processes. Without taxonomic theory providing a sound basis to these many facets of microbiology there would be severe problems faced by many scientists working with micro-organisms. Taxonomy comprises three sequential but independent processes; classification, nomenclature and identification. The first two stages are the prime concern of the specialist taxonomist but the third stage should result in identification schemes of value to all microbiologists. As the classification and identification of micro-organisms improves, largely due to the introduction of new technologies, so does its contribution to the subject as a whole. It therefore seemed timely to hold a conference in the autumn of 1993 devoted to microbial identification. Such a topic could not be addressed without some reference to the enabling discipline of classification, but the principal aims were to assess improvements in identification and typing and how these were benefiting microbiological topics ranging from ecological and biotechnological studies of extremophilic bacteria to the use of pyrolysis mass spectrometry in epidemiology. The meeting, which was held in Granada, Spain, was supported by FEMS (FEMS Symposium No.


biodiversity classification micro-organism microbiology microorganism protein systematics

Editors and affiliations

  • Fergus G. Priest
    • 1
  • Alberto Ramos-Cormenzana
    • 2
  • B. J. Tindall
    • 3
  1. 1.Heriot Watt UniversityEdinburghScotland, UK
  2. 2.University of GranadaGranadaSpain
  3. 3.Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganismen und Zellkulturen GmbHBraunschweigGermany

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