The second edition of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology will be published in 5 volumes, beginning with Volume 1 in May 2001.
Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology is a departure from past editions that attempted, usually inadequately, to combine systematic and determinative information. Systematic information will continue to be found in Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, with the Determinative manual serving 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, which are comparable to the "Parts" in the eighth edition and the "Sections" in the Systematic volumes. These groups are not meant to be formal taxonomic ranks, but are a continuation of our tradition of dividing the bacteria into easily recognized phenotypic groups. We feel this arrangement is most useful for diagnostic purposes.
The book was compiled by abstracting the phenotypic information contained in the four volumes of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology. Introductory material concerning identification and a key to the groups were added. The past decade has seen an explosion in the description of new taxa of bacteria. We have attempted to include as many of them as possible, but, in a manual of this type with its varied production schedule, not all of the new taxa could be included. For inclusion in this manual, we had to set a cut-off date of January, 1991, for valid publication. In some cases, we have been able to include more recent taxa and have taken their descriptions directly from the original publications.
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Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology was published in four volumes:
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