The Prokaryotes: Prokaryotic Physiology and Biochemistry

The Prokaryotes: Prokaryotic Physiology and Biochemistry

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783642301407
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Edition description: 4th ed. 2013
Pages: 662
Product dimensions: 8.27(w) x 10.98(h) x 0.07(d)

About the Author

Eugene Rosenberg, Professor of Microbiology at Tel Aviv University, Israel

Edward F. DeLong, Professor at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering & Department of Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA

Stephen Lory, Professor at Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Erko Stackebrandt, German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, DSMZ,Braunschweig, Germany

Fabiano Thompson, Professor at Center of Health Sciences, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Table of Contents

Volume 3: Human Microbiology.- Intestinal Tract Bacteria.- Oral Microbiology.- Prebiotics.- Probiotics.- Skin Bacteria.-Bacterial Pathogenesis.- Biotoxin.- Botulism and Tetanus.- Bubonic Plague.- Burn Infections.- Chlamydial Diseases.- Cholera.- Diarrhea.- Diphtheria.- Dysentery.- Gonorrhea.- Identification of Pathogens by Classical Clinical Tests.- Identification of Pathogens by Nonculturing Molecular Techniques.- Legionnaires' Disease.- Listeria.- Meningitis.- Plague.- Pneumonia.- Pseudomonas and Cystic Fibrosis.- Syphilis.- Tuberculosis.- Typhoid.- Urinary Tract Infections.- Whooping Cough.

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