Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Bacteria in Human Health and Disease

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Petia Kovatcheva-Datchary, Valentina Tremaroli, Fredrik Bäckhed
      Pages 3-24
    3. Gemma E. Walton, Jonathan R. Swann, Glenn R. Gibson
      Pages 25-43
    4. Gregor Reid
      Pages 45-56
    5. Natalie N. Whitfield, Donna M. Wolk
      Pages 91-106
    6. Itzhak Ofek, Edward A. Bayer, Soman N. Abraham
      Pages 107-123
    7. Aimee L. Richard, Victor J. DiRita
      Pages 125-131
    8. Robindra Basu Roy, Eric Rubin
      Pages 133-146
    9. Nicholas P. Cianciotto, Hubert Hilbi, Carmen Buchrieser
      Pages 147-217
    10. Mobarak Abu Mraheil, Sukhadeo Barbuddhe, Torsten Hain, Trinad Chakraborty
      Pages 219-235
    11. Andreas Burkovski
      Pages 237-245
    12. Michel R. Popoff, Christelle Mazuet, B. Poulain
      Pages 247-290
    13. Nathalie Mielcarek, Camille Locht
      Pages 291-307
    14. Narveen Jandu, Marcia B. Goldberg
      Pages 309-321
    15. Daniel J. Reiss, Michael D. Engstrom, Harry L. T. Mobley
      Pages 323-351
    16. Deirdre L. Church, Ingrid Slaba, Brent W. Winston, Robert Lindsay
      Pages 353-374
    17. Sean-Paul Nuccio, Tamding Wangdi, Sebastian E. Winter, Andreas J. Bäumler
      Pages 375-399
    18. Tone Tønjum, Petter Brandtzæg, Birgitta Henriques-Normark
      Pages 401-427
    19. Gustavo Valbuena
      Pages 429-446
    20. Emily L. Ho, Sheila A. Lukehart
      Pages 447-468
    21. Raymond M. Johnson
      Pages 469-497
    22. Vega Masignani, Mariagrazia Pizza, Rino Rappuoli
      Pages 499-554

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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