Planctomycetes: Cell Structure, Origins and Biology

  • John A. Fuerst

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Cheryl Jenkins, James T. Staley
    Pages 1-38
  3. Svetlana N. Dedysh, Irina S. Kulichevskaya
    Pages 125-139
  4. Mareike Jogler, Christian Jogler
    Pages 141-164
  5. Olga K. Kamneva, Daniel H. Haft, Stormy J. Knight, David A. Liberles, Naomi L. Ward
    Pages 165-193
  6. Christine E. Sharp, Huub J. M. Op den Camp, Ivica Tamas, Peter F. Dunfield
    Pages 211-227
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 275-286

About this book


Planctomycetes, and their relatives within the PVC superphylum of domain Bacteria,  including verrucomicrobia and chlamydia,  challenge our classical concept of the bacterium and its modes of life and provide new experimental models for exploring evolutionary cell biology and the full diversity of how living cells can be organized internally. Unique among Bacteria they include species possessing cells with intracellular membrane-bounded compartments and a peptidoglycan-less cell wall, and bacteria such as the anammox organisms performing unique anaerobic ammonium oxidation significant for global nitrogen cycle. The book introduces these fascinating and important bacteria and deals in detail with their unusual structure, physiology, genomics and evolutionary significance.  It is a definitive summary of our recent knowledge of this important distinctive group of bacteria, microorganisms which challenge our very concept of the bacterium.


Gemmata obscuriglobus PVC bacteria PVC superphylum Planctomyces bekefii Planctomyces limnophilus Rhodopirellula baltica bacteria cell structure internal membranes non-cellular nature nucleoid DNA is tightly folded planctobacteria planctomycetes

Editors and affiliations

  • John A. Fuerst
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Molecular, BiosciencesThe University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia

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