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Bergey’s Manual of Systematic and Determinative Bacteriology: A Quick Guide: Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology

This guide provides students with an overview of how to use the Bergey's Manual of Systematic and Determinative Bacteriology

General Information

The 2nd edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology details the classification and cultural characteristics of prokaryotes. The text is organized by molecular-based classification systems. Bergey's is necessary for any student who wishes to learn about a specific species, genus, family, or species or to know more about prokaryote taxonomy in general.

The 5-volume consists of:

  • Volume 1 (2001): The Archaea and the deeply branching and phototrophic bacteria
  • Volume 2 (2005): The Proteobacteria—divided into three books:
    • 2A: Introductory essays
    • 2B: The Gammaproteobacteria
    • 2C: The Alpha-, Beta-, Delta-, and Epsilon-proteobacteria
  • Volume 3 (2009): The Firmicutes
  • Volume 4 (2011): The Bacteroidetes, Spirochaetes, Tenericutes, Mollicutes, Acidobacteria, Fibrobacteres, Fusobacteria, Dictyoglomi, Gemmatimonadetes, Lentisphaerae, Verrucomicrobia, Chlamydiae, and Planctomycetes
  • Volume 5 (in two parts) (2012): The Actinobacteria

Bergey's manual of systematics of archaea and bacteria (2015), an online book, replaces the five-volume set. Ventura College does not currently have access to this edition. 

Print Edition

The Tutoring Center has a full set of the Bergey’s Manuals and offers tutoring on a drop-in and appointment basis. Please visit them for more details.

The Tutoring Center
Location: First floor of Library and Learning Resource Building (LRC).
Phone: (805) 289-6026
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Students seeking assistance must be enrolled in the class in which they wish to receive tutoring.

Reference Librarian

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Yvonne Rendina
Ventura College Library
4667 Telegraph Road
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 289-6382


The second edition of Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology volumes 2-4 is available online via SpringerLink.

To access SpringerLink: VC Homepage – Quick Links – Library – Find Books – eBooks – SpringerLink – Search box enter “Bergey”


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