The Prokaryotes

Volume 4: Bacteria: Firmicutes, Cyanobacteria

  • 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. Firmicutes (Gram-Positive Bacteria)

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Firmicutes with Low GC Content of DNA

      1. Friedrich Götz, Tammy Bannerman, Karl-Heinz Schleifer
        Pages 5-75
      2. Jeremy M. Hardie, Robert A. Whiley
        Pages 76-107
      3. Patrick Cleary, Qi Cheng
        Pages 108-148
      4. Elaine Tuomanen
        Pages 149-162
      5. Luc Devriese, Margo Baele, Patrick Butaye
        Pages 163-174
      6. Donald J. Leblanc
        Pages 175-204
      7. Michael Teuber, Arnold Geis
        Pages 205-228
      8. Wilhelm H. Holzapfel, Charles M. A. P. Franz, Wolfgang Ludwig, Werner Back, Leon M. T. Dicks
        Pages 229-266
      9. Johanna Björkroth, Wilhelm Holzapfel
        Pages 267-319
      10. Walter P. Hammes, Christian Hertel
        Pages 320-403
      11. Nadia Khelef, Marc Lecuit, Carmen Buchrieser, Didier Cabanes, Olivier Dussurget, Pascale Cossart
        Pages 404-476
      12. Erko Stackebrandt, Dorothy Jones
        Pages 477-491
      13. Erko Stackebrandt, Annette C. Reboli, W. Edmund Farrar
        Pages 492-510
      14. Matthew D. Collins
        Pages 511-518
      15. Erko Stackebrandt, Ronald M. Keddie, Dorothy Jones
        Pages 519-529
      16. Ralph A. Slepecky, H. Ernest Hemphill
        Pages 530-562
      17. Donald P. Stahly, Robert E. Andrews, Allan A. Yousten
        Pages 563-608
      18. W. Edmund Farrar, Annette C. Reboli
        Pages 609-630
      19. Juergen Wiegel, Ralph Tanner, Fred A. Rainey
        Pages 654-678
      20. Cesare Montecucco, Ornella Rossetto, Michel R. Popoff
        Pages 679-697
      21. Bruce A. McClane, Francisco A. Uzal, Mariano E. Fernandez Miyakawa, David Lyerly, Tracy Wilkins
        Pages 698-752
      22. Julian I. Rood
        Pages 753-770
      23. Stefan Spring, Frank Rosenzweig
        Pages 771-786
      24. Friedrich Widdel
        Pages 787-794
      25. Takayuki Ezaki, Na Li, Yoshiaki Kawamura
        Pages 795-808
      26. Aharon Oren
        Pages 809-822
      27. William G. Wade
        Pages 823-835
      28. Jacqueline Fletcher, Ulrich Melcher, Astri Wayadande
        Pages 905-947
    3. Firmicutes with Atypical Cell Walls

      1. Michael T. Madigan
        Pages 951-964
      2. Auli Haikara, Ilkka Helander
        Pages 965-981
      3. Robert B. Hespell, Bruce J. Paster, Floyd E. Dewhirst
        Pages 982-990
      4. John A. Breznak
        Pages 991-1001
      5. Paul Kolenbrander
        Pages 1022-1040
      6. Martin Sobieraj, David R. Boone
        Pages 1041-1049
  3. Cyanobacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1051-1051
    2. Yehuda Cohen, Michael Gurevitz
      Pages 1074-1098
    3. Anton F. Post
      Pages 1099-1110
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 1111-1140

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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