Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Section I Deltaproteobacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Or Rotem, Zohar Pasternak, Edouard Jurkevitch
      Pages 3-17
    3. Débora Farage Knupp dos Santos, Cynthia Maria Kyaw, Tatiana Amabile De Campos, Robert Neil Gerard Miller, Eliane Ferreira Noronha, Mercedes Maria da Cunha Bustamante et al.
      Pages 19-40
    4. Jan Kuever
      Pages 41-44
    5. Jan Kuever
      Pages 45-73
    6. Jan Kuever
      Pages 75-86
    7. Jan Kuever
      Pages 87-95
    8. Jan Kuever, Alexander Galushko
      Pages 97-102
    9. Jan Kuever
      Pages 103-106
    10. Jan Kuever
      Pages 107-133
    11. Anthony C. Greene
      Pages 135-142
    12. Anthony C. Greene
      Pages 143-155
    13. Wilfred F. M. Röling
      Pages 157-172
    14. Ronald Garcia, Rolf Müller
      Pages 173-181
    15. Elke Lang
      Pages 183-189
    16. Ronald Garcia, Rolf Müller
      Pages 191-212
    17. Ronald Garcia, Rolf Müller
      Pages 213-229
    18. Sebastian Lücker, Holger Daims
      Pages 231-237
    19. Ronald Garcia, Rolf Müller
      Pages 239-245
    20. Ronald Garcia, Rolf Müller
      Pages 247-279
    21. Jan Kuever
      Pages 281-288
    22. Jan Kuever
      Pages 289-299
    23. Jan Kuever
      Pages 301-303
  3. Section II Epsilonproteobacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. Albert J. Lastovica, Stephen L. W. On, Li Zhang
      Pages 307-335
    3. Hazel M. Mitchell, Gifone A. Rocha, Nadeem O. Kaakoush, Jani L. O’Rourke, Dulciene M. M. Queiroz
      Pages 337-392
  4. Section III Zetabacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 401-401
    2. Ana Paula B. Moreira, Pedro M. Meirelles, Fabiano Thompson
      Pages 403-413
  5. Or Rotem, Zohar Pasternak, Edouard Jurkevitch
    Pages E1-E1

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

Editors and affiliations

  • Eugene Rosenberg
    • 1
  • Edward F. DeLong
    • 2
    • 3
  • Stephen Lory
    • 4
  • Erko Stackebrandt
    • 5
  • Fabiano Thompson
    • 6
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Microbiology and BiotechnologyTel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Biological EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and EducationUniversity of Hawaii, ManoaHonoluluUSA
  4. 4.Department of Microbiology and ImmunobiologyHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  5. 5.Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell CulturesBraunschweigGermany
  6. 6.Laboratory of Microbiology, Institute of Biology, Center for Health SciencesFederal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)Ilha do FundãoBrazil

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