Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Applied Bacteriology and Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mary Jo Zidwick, Jiann-Shin Chen, Palmer Rogers∗
      Pages 135-167
    3. Hidehiko Kumagai
      Pages 169-177
    4. Avinash Mishra, Bhavanath Jha
      Pages 179-192
    5. Wim J. Quax
      Pages 193-211
    6. Alane Beatriz Vermelho, Eliane Ferreira Noronha, Edivaldo Ximenes Ferreira Filho, Maria Antonieta Ferrara, Elba Pinto S. Bon
      Pages 213-240
    7. Michael P. Doyle, Larry R. Steenson, Jianghong Meng
      Pages 241-256
    8. Giancarlo Lancini, Arnold L. Demain
      Pages 257-280
    9. Eugene Rosenberg, Eliora Z. Ron
      Pages 281-294
    10. Ronald L. Crawford, Eugene Rosenberg
      Pages 295-307
    11. Ji-Dong Gu, Ralph Mitchell
      Pages 309-341
    12. Dirk De Beer, Paul Stoodley
      Pages 343-372
    13. Stefano Freguia, Bernardino Virdis, Korneel Rabaey
      Pages 373-381
    14. Lawrence P. Wackett
      Pages 383-393

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 Mircrobes 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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