The Prokaryotes

A Handbook on Habitats, Isolation, and Identification of Bacteria

  • Mortimer P. Starr
  • Heinz Stolp
  • Hans G. Trüper
  • Albert Balows
  • Hans G. Schlegel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages N1-xxxviii
  2. Introductory Essays

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mortimer P. Starr, Jean M. Schmidt
      Pages 3-42
    3. Hans G. Schlegel, Holger W. Jannasch
      Pages 43-82
    4. Henry D. Isenberg, Albert Balows
      Pages 83-122
    5. Mortimer P. Starr
      Pages 123-134
    6. Heinz Stolp, Mortimer P. Starr
      Pages 135-175
    7. Hans G. Trüper, Johannes Krämer
      Pages 176-193
  3. The Phototrophic Prokaryotes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 195-195
    2. Roger Y. Stanier, Norbert Pfennig, Hans G. Trüper
      Pages 197-211
    3. Rosmarie Rippka, John B. Waterbury, Roger Y. Stanier
      Pages 212-220
    4. John B. Waterbury, Roger Y. Stanier
      Pages 221-223
    5. Anthony E. Walsby
      Pages 224-235
    6. Richard W. Castenholz
      Pages 236-246
    7. Rosmarie Rippka, John B. Waterbury, Roger Y. Stanier
      Pages 247-256
    8. Ralph A. Lewin
      Pages 257-266
    9. Hanno Biebl, Norbert Pfennig
      Pages 267-273
    10. Hans G. Trüper, Johannes F. Imhoff
      Pages 274-278
    11. Norbert Pfennig, Hans G. Trüper
      Pages 279-289
    12. Richard W. Castenholz, Beverly K. Pierson
      Pages 290-298

About this book

Introduction

The purpose ofthis brief Foreword is to make you, the reader, hungry for the scientific feast that follows. These two volumes on the prokary­ otes offer a truly unique scientific menu-a comprehensive assembly of articles, exhibiting the biochemical depth and remarkable physiological and morphological diversity of prokaryote life. The size of the volumes might initially discourage the unprepared mind from being attracted to the study of prokaryote life, for this landmark assemblage thoroughly documents the wealth of present knowledge. But in confronting the reader with the state of the art, the Handbook also defines where new work needs to be done on well-studied bacteria as well as on unusual or poorly studied organisms. There are basically two ways of doing research with microbes. A classical approach is first to define the phenomenon to be studied and then to select the organism accordingly. Another way is to choose a specific organism and go where it leads. The pursuit of an unusual microbe brings out the latent hunter in all of us. The intellectual chal­ lenges of the chase frequently test our ingenuity to the limit. Sometimes the quarry repeatedly escapes, but the final capture is indeed a wonder­ ful experience. For many of us, these simple rewards are sufficiently gratifying so that we have chosen to spend our scientific lives studying these unusual creatures.

Keywords

Prokaryota bacteria hunter microbe microbes prokaryotes

Editors and affiliations

  • Mortimer P. Starr
    • 1
  • Heinz Stolp
    • 2
  • Hans G. Trüper
    • 3
  • Albert Balows
    • 4
  • Hans G. Schlegel
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of BacteriologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  2. 2.Lehrstuhl für MikrobiologieUniversität BayreuthBayreuthFederal Republic of Germany
  3. 3.Institut für MikrobiologieRheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-UniversitätBonn 1Federal Republic of Germany
  4. 4.Bacteriology DivisionCenters for Disease ControlAtlantaUSA
  5. 5.Institut für MikrobiologieUniversität GöttingenGöttingenFederal Republic of Germany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-13187-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-662-13189-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-662-13187-9
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