This is the first book on bacterial systematics at theundergraduate level. The first part explains why bacteria areclassified and how they are named. It also covers the practice ofclassification, including evolutionary studies and identification.The applications of these methods are illustrated in the secondpart of the book, which describes progress in the classificationand identification of the spirochaetes, helical and curvedbacteria, Gram-negative aerobic, facultative and strictly anaerobicbacteria, Gram-positive cocci, rods and endospore formers,mycoplasmas, and actinomycetes, and outlines the importance ofthese organisms.
* The first book on this topic at undergraduate level
* Includes evolutionary studies and the Archaea
* Covers theory and practice of bacterial classification andidentification
* User-friendly style and profuse illustrations