The Prokaryotes

Volume 1: Symbiotic associations, Biotechnology, Applied Microbiology

  • Martin Dworkin (Editor-in-Chief)
  • Stanley Falkow
  • Eugene Rosenberg
  • Karl-Heinz Schleifer
  • Erko Stackebrandt
Reference work

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-liii
  2. Essays in Prokaryotic Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wolfgang Ludwig, Karlheinz Schleifer, Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 24-28
    3. Erko Stackebrandt
      Pages 29-57
    4. Hans G. Trüper, Karl Heinz Schleifer
      Pages 58-79
    5. Hans G. Schlegel, Holger W. Jannasch
      Pages 137-184
    6. Stephen H. Zinder, Martin Dworkin
      Pages 185-220
    7. Dale KAISER
      Pages 221-245
    8. B. W. Wren
      Pages 246-260
    9. Margrethe Haugge Serres, Monica Riley
      Pages 261-274
    10. Günter Wächtershäuser
      Pages 275-283
    11. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 284-298
    12. David A. Stahl, Meredith Hullar, Seana Davidson
      Pages 299-327
  3. Symbolic Associations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. David G. Adams, Birgitta Bergman, S. A. Nierzwicki-Bauer, A. N. Rai, Arthur Schüßler
      Pages 331-363
    3. Paul Baumann, Nancy A. Moran, Linda Baumann
      Pages 403-438
    4. Colleen M. Cavanaugh, Zoe P. McKiness, Irene L. G. Newton, Frank J. Stewart
      Pages 475-507
  4. Biotechnology and Applied Microbiology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 509-509
    2. Palmer Rogers, Jiann-Shin Chen, Mary Jo Zidwick
      Pages 511-755
    3. Hidehiko Kumagai
      Pages 756-765
    4. Timothy Harrah, Bruce Panilaitis, David Kaplan
      Pages 766-776
    5. Wim J. Quax
      Pages 777-796
    6. Michael P. Doyle, Jianghong Meng
      Pages 797-811
    7. Arnold L. Demain, Giancarlo Lancini
      Pages 812-833
    8. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 834-849
    9. Ronald L. Crawford
      Pages 850-863
    10. Ji-Dong Gu, Ralph Mitchell
      Pages 864-903
    11. Dirk De Beer, Paul Stoodley
      Pages 904-937
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 939-959

About this book


The first edition of The Prokaryotes, published in 1981, took a bold step to become the most comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedic handbook on prokaryotes. Another important step was taken with the second edition in 1992, when the chapters were organized on the basis of the molecular phylogeny as a rational, evolutionary basis for the taxonomy of the prokaryotes. By then, the two volumes of the first edition had expanded to four.

With the decision to publish the handbook electronically, the third edition was the boldest step of all. The advantages were obvious and persuasive: essentially unlimited space, no restrictions on the use of color, and the inclusion of film and animated illustrations. Nevertheless, the affection for a printed handbook was highly underestimated and during the first 5 years of the continuously evolving online version, a growing demand for a new print edition was voiced by the scientific and corporate community.

Thus, Springer is now publishing a third edition in printed form. In total, 7 volumes will make up this new fully revised and updated version. Compared to the second edition, this edition will contain 85% new contents, printed in color throughout. It will be ideally suited for research centers in academia and in the corporate world that need reliable and up-to-date information on the biology of the prokaryotic organisms.


Bacteria Ecology Infectious Diseases Microbes Prokaryotes Systematic microbial

Editors and affiliations

  • Martin Dworkin (Editor-in-Chief)
    • 1
  • Stanley Falkow
    • 2
  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 3
  • Karl-Heinz Schleifer
    • 4
  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyUniversity of MinnesotaTwin CitiesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyStanford University Medical SchoolStanfordUSA
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityRamat-AvivIsrael
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyTechnical University MunichMunichGermany
  5. 5.DSMZ- German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbHBraunschweigGermany

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