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The Prokaryotes

A Handbook on the Biology of Bacteria

Dworkin, M., Falkow, S., Rosenberg, E., Schleifer, K.-H., Stackebrandt, E. (Eds.)

Originally published in four volumes under: Balows, A.

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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)

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This encyclopedia is an absolute treasure for practicing bacteriologists. … All articles have extensive tables on the organisms discussed, and full-color illustrations where needed. … The Prokaryotes will be particularly useful for bacteriologists whose research leads them to an unknown prokaryote or prokaryotic process; they can become knowledgeable on that microbe in one sitting, with ample references to lead them further. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Universities with extensive prokaryotic research efforts; upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners." (R Seelke, Choice, Vol. 45 (1), 2007)

 

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