Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Physiology and Biochemistry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Harold L. Drake, Kirsten Küsel, Carola Matthies
      Pages 3-60
    3. Maeli Melotto, Barbara N. Kunkel
      Pages 61-82
    4. Eberhard Bock, Michael Wagner
      Pages 83-118
    5. Edward Schwartz, Johannes Fritsch, Bärbel Friedrich
      Pages 119-199
    6. Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 201-214
    7. Edward A. Bayer, Yuval Shoham, Raphael Lamed
      Pages 215-266
    8. Ludmila Chistoserdova, Mary E. Lidstrom
      Pages 267-285
    9. Ralf Rabus, Theo A. Hansen, Friedrich Widdel
      Pages 309-404
    10. James P. Shapleigh
      Pages 405-425
    11. Ernesto Ormeño-Orrillo, Mariangela Hungria, Esperanza Martinez-Romero
      Pages 427-451
    12. Dennis A. Bazylinski, Christopher T. Lefèvre, Dirk Schüler
      Pages 453-494
    13. Paul V. Dunlap, Henryk Urbanczyk
      Pages 495-528
    14. Dimitry Y. Sorokin, Horia Banciu, Lesley A. Robertson, J. Gijs Kuenen, M. S. Muntyan, Gerard Muyzer
      Pages 529-554
    15. Gerard Muyzer, J. Gijs Kuenen, Lesley A. Robertson
      Pages 555-588
    16. Eliora Z. Ron
      Pages 589-603
    17. Johann Heider, Karola Schühle
      Pages 605-634
    18. Reiner Hedderich, William B. Whitman
      Pages 635-662

About this book


The Prokaryotes is a comprehensive, multi-authored, peer reviewed reference work on Bacteria and Achaea.  This fourth edition of The Prokaryotes is organized to cover all taxonomic diversity, using the family level to delineate chapters.

Different from other resources, this new Springer product includes not only taxonomy, but also prokaryotic biology and technology of taxa in a broad context. Technological aspects highlight the usefulness of prokaryotes in processes and products, including biocontrol agents and as genetics tools.

The content of the expanded fourth edition is divided into two parts: Part 1 contains review chapters dealing with the most important general concepts in molecular, applied and general prokaryote biology; Part 2 describes the known properties of specific taxonomic groups.

Two completely new sections have been added to Part 1: bacterial communities and human bacteriology. The bacterial communities section reflects the growing realization that studies on pure cultures of bacteria have led to an incomplete picture of the microbial world for two fundamental reasons: the vast majority of bacteria in soil, water and associated with biological tissues are currently not culturable, and that an understanding of microbial ecology requires knowledge on how different bacterial species interact with each other in their natural environment. The new section on human microbiology deals with bacteria associated with healthy humans and bacterial pathogenesis. Each of the major human diseases caused by bacteria is reviewed, from identifying the pathogens by classical clinical and non-culturing techniques to the biochemical mechanisms of the disease process.

The 4th edition of The Prokaryotes is the most complete resource on the biology of prokaryotes.

The following volumes are published consecutively within the 4th Edition:

Prokaryotic Biology and Symbiotic Associations

Prokaryotic Communities and Ecophysiology

Prokaryotic Physiology and Biochemistry

Applied Bacteriology and Biotechnology

Human Microbiology



Alphaproteobacteria and Betaproteobacteria


Deltaproteobacteria and Epsilonproteobacteria

Other Major Lineages of Bacteria and the Archaea


Bacteria Ecology Infectious Diseases Microbes Prokaryotes Systematic

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 1
  • Edward F. DeLong
    • 2
  • Stephen Lory
    • 3
  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 4
  • Fabiano Thompson
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Biological EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Microbiology and ImmunologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell CulturesBraunschweigGermany
  5. 5.Laboratory of Microbiology, Institute of Biology, Center for Health SciencesFederal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)Ilha do FundãoBrazil

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