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

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

General Information

The 9th edition of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology serves as a reference to aid in the identification of unknown bacteria.

The arrangement of the book is strictly phenotypic, with no attempt to offer a natural higher classification. The arrangement chosen is utilitarian and is intended to aid in the identification of bacteria. The bacteria are divided into 35 groups. These groups are not meant to be formal taxonomic ranks, but are a continuation of Bergey’s tradition of dividing the bacteria into easily recognized phenotypic groups.

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. 

Table of Contents:

  • Spirochetes
  • Aerobic/microaerophilic, motile, helical/vibrioid gram-negative bacteria
  • Nonmotile (or rarely motile), gram-negative curved bacteria
  • Gram-negative aerobic/microaerophilic rods and cocci
  • Facultatively anaerobic gram-negative rods
  • Gram-negative, anaerobic, straight, curved, and helical bacteria
  • Dissimilatory sulfate- or sulfur-reducing bacteria
  • Anaerobic gram-negative cocci
  • Rickettsias and chlamydias
  • Anoxygenic phototrophic bacteria
  • Oxygenic phototrophic bacteria
  • Aerobic chemolithotrophic bacteria and associated organisms
  • Budding and/or appendaged bacteria
  • Sheathed bacteria
  • Nonphotosynthetic, nonfruiting gliding bacteria
  • Fruiting, gliding bacteria: the myxobacteria
  • Gram-positive cocci
  • Endospore-forming gram-positive rods and cocci
  • Regular, nonsporing gram-positive rods
  • Irregular, nonsporing gram-positive rods
  • Mycobacteria
  • Actinomycetes
  • Nocardioform actinomycetes
  • Genera with multilocular sporangia
  • Actinoplanetes
  • Streptomycetes and related genera
  • Maduromycetes
  • Thermomonospora and related genera
  • Thermoactinomycetes
  • Other genera
  • Mycoplasmas (or mollicutes): cell wall-less bacteria
  • Methanogens
  • Archaeal sulfate reducers
  • Extremely halophilic, aerobic archaeobacteria (halobacteria)
  • Cell wall-less archaeobacteria
  • Extremely thermophilic and hyperthermophilic S⁰-metabolizers.


Print Edition

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