The Prokaryotes

Volume 3: Archaea. Bacteria: Firmicutes, Actinomycetes

  • 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. Archaea

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harald Huber, Robert Huber, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 10-22
    3. Harald Huber, David Prangishvili
      Pages 23-51
    4. Harald Huber, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 52-68
    5. Costanzo Bertoldo, Garabed Antranikian
      Pages 69-81
    6. Patricia Hartzell, David W. Reed
      Pages 82-100
    7. Harald Huber, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 101-112
    8. Aharon Oren
      Pages 113-164
    9. William B. Whitman, Timothy L. Bowen, David R. Boone
      Pages 165-207
    10. Jean-Louis Garcia, Bernard Ollivier, William B. Whitman
      Pages 208-230
    11. Adam S. Bonin, David R. Boone
      Pages 231-243
    12. Melissa M. Kendall, David R. Boone
      Pages 244-256
    13. William B. Whitman, Christian Jeanthon
      Pages 257-273
    14. Harald Huber, Michael J. Hohn, Reinhard Rachel, Karl O. Stetter
      Pages 274-280
    15. Scott C. Dawson, Edward F. Delong, Norman R. PACE
      Pages 281-289
  3. Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Firmicutes (Gram-Positive Bacteria)

      1. Erko Stackebrandt, Peter Schumann
        Pages 297-321
      2. Bruno Biavati, Paola Mattarelli
        Pages 322-382
      3. Erko Stackebrandt, Cecil S. Cummins, John L. Johnson
        Pages 400-418
      4. Erko Stackebrandt, Robert B. Hespell
        Pages 419-429
      5. Peter Kämpfer
        Pages 538-604
      6. Gernot Vobis
        Pages 623-653
      7. David P. Labeda
        Pages 654-668
      8. Reiner Michael Kroppenstedt, Michael Goodfellow
        Pages 682-724
      9. Michael Goodfellow, Erika Teresa Quintana
        Pages 725-753
      10. Reiner Michael Kroppenstedt, Lyudmila I. Evtushenko
        Pages 754-795
      11. Wolfgang Liebl
        Pages 796-818
      12. Alexander von Graevenitz, Kathryn Bernard
        Pages 819-842
      13. Michael Goodfellow, Luis Angel Maldonado
        Pages 843-888
      14. Sybe Hartmans, Jan A. M. de Bont, Erko Stackebrandt
        Pages 889-918
      15. Beatrice Saviola, William Bishai
        Pages 919-933
      16. Thomas M. Shinnick
        Pages 934-944
      17. Dorothy Jones, Ronald M. Keddie
        Pages 945-960
      18. Miloslav Kocur, Wesley E. Kloos, Karl-Heinz SCHLEIFER
        Pages 961-971
      19. Hans-Jürgen Busse
        Pages 972-974
      20. Erko Stackebrandt, Peter Schumann, Helmut Prauser
        Pages 983-1001
      21. Erko Stackebrandt
        Pages 1002-1012
      22. Matthew D. Collins
        Pages 1013-1019
      23. Lyudmila I. Evtushenko, Mariko Takeuchi
        Pages 1020-1098
      24. Jung-Hoon Yoon, Yong-Ha Park
        Pages 1099-1113
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 1115-1143

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 Systematics 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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