Volume in the new third edition of this authoritative handbook.
From the reviews of the second edition: "The second, expanded edition of The Prokaryotes has been extensively rewritten and restructured to reflect the many advances that have occurred in bacteriology during the past decade. Well over 250 eminent, internationally recognized scientists have served as authors for its more than 220 chapters. ! The Prokaryotes, Second Edition, will undoubtedly become a prime reference source for all biologists interested in theoretical and applied microbiology, microbial ecology, and microbial genetics." (February, 1992) "The present edition of The Prokaryotes appeared some three years after the publication of the last volume of the most recent edition of Bergey's Manual. ! The many illustrations are well-chosen and uniformly excellent and the diagrams ! are crisp, clear and well laid out. The well-known house style of Springer-Verlag has been used to excellent effect ! . In the perspective of time the influence of the Prokaryotes will be seen as very substantial indeed. That is why its wide availability must be ensured." (M. Sussman, Letters in Applied Microbiology, October 1992) "This four-volume second edition, appearing 11 years after the first, with a somewhat altered subtitle, is a monumental and highly successful undertaking by 276 contributors covering logically, comprehensively, and authoritatively most aspects of prokaryotic biology in 237 separately authored articles. ! Most articles have photos and are richly referenced. Any microbiologist ! can browse through the book (even in areas he or she knows well), learn something, and enjoy it." (ASM News, Vol. 58, November, 1992) "The Prokaryotes, as its subtitle indicates, seeks to be a handbook on the biology of bacteria. ! The organism-oriented approach to the subject led to a major discovery that had a great impact on the entire biology community. ! All the chapters are written by leading experts in the field. The four volumes include a comprehensive index, which makes them easy to use. The printing quality is excellent." (Volkmar Braun, American Scientist, Vol. 80, 1992) "This is a much improved edition of what already was an outstanding publication. The Prokaryotes is by far the most comprehensive treatise in microbiology available today. ! In summary, this is an impressive work of more than 200 specialists that should be of great interest to all microbiologists. A very thorough index with extensive cross reference facilities the finding of the topics of interest for the eventual reader." (Jorge E. Galan, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 69, March 1994)
Ecophysiological and Biochemical Aspects.- Planktonic versus Sessile Life of Prokaryotes. Bacterial Adhesion. The Phototrophic Way of Life. The Anaerobic Way of Life. Bacterial Behavior. Prokaryotic Life Cycles. Life at High Temperatures. Life at Low Temperatures. Life at High Salt Concentrations. Alkaliphilic Prokaryotes. Syntrophism among Prokaryotes. Quorum Sensing. Acetogenic Prokaryotes. Virulence Mechanisms of Bacterial Plant Pathogens. The Chemolithotrophic Prokaryotes. Oxidation of Inorganic Nitrogen Compounds as Energy Source. The H2-Metabolizing Prokaryotes. Hydrocarbon-Oxidizing Bacteria. Cellulose-Decomposing Bacteria and Their Enzyme Systems. Aerobic Methylotrophic Prokaryotes. Dissimilatory Fe (III)- and Mn (IV)-Reducing Prokaryotes. Dissimilatory Sulfate- and Sulfur-Reducing Prokaryotes. The Denitrifying Prokaryotes. Dinitrogen-Fixing Prokaryotes. Root and Stem Nodule Bacteria of Legumes. Magnetotactic Bacteria. Luminous Bacteria. Bacterial Toxins. The Metabolic Pathways of Biodegradation. Haloalkaliphic Sulfur-Oxidizing Bacteria. The Colorless Sulfur-Oxidizing Prokaryotes. The Effects of Environmental Stress on Bacteria. Anaerobic Biodegradation of Hydrocarbons including Methane. Physiology and Biochemistry of the Methane-Producing Archaea.
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Martin Dworkin: Emeritus Professor of Microbiology, University of Minnesota, USA Major research area: Developmental Biology and Social Behavior of Myxococcus xanthus Selected awards and honors: John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology; Sackler Scholar, Tel Aviv University; Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Roger Porter Award for Microbial Diversity- American Society for Microbiology Stanley Falkow: Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, USA; Former Assistant Chief of the Department of Bacterial Immunology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research Selected awards and honors: Member of the National Academy of Sciences; President of the American Society for Microbiology from July 1997 through June 1998; Robert Koch Award from German Government; Abbott Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Society of Microbiology; Several honorary doctorates in Europe and the US Eugene Rosenberg: Professor of Microbiology at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Associate Professor at the Department of Bacteriology & Institute of Molecular Biology, University of California at Los Angeles (1967-1970); Member of the Israel Committee for Emerging Diseases Selected awards and honors: Guggenheim Fellow and Visiting Professor MIT Cambridge, Massachusetts; Pan Lab Award, Society of Industrial Microbiology, San Diego Karl-Heinz Schleifer: Professor and Head of the Department of Microbiology, Technical University of Munich, Germany Awards and Honors: Full Member of Bergey's Manual Trust; President of the International Union of Microbiological Societies; Korber Award for European Scientific Research; Award of the Society of Hygiene and Environmental Medicine; Ferdinand-Cohn-Medal Erko Stackebrandt: Professor of Microbiology at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, and Director of the German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures GmbH, Braunschweig, Germany; Professor of Microbiology Department, University of Kiel, Germany (1984-1990); Professor of Microbiology and Department Head at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia (1990-1993) Selected awards and honors: Associate Member of Bergey's Manual Trust (1990-1997); Bergey's Award