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Bergey's Manual Of Determinative Bacteriology 9th Edition

Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology 9th Edition

Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology (BMDB) is a reference book that provides concise and accurate descriptions of bacterial groups and genera, as well as keys and tables for their identification. It is based on the data contained in the four-volume Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology (BMSB), which covers the taxonomy, phylogeny, and ecology of bacteria. BMDB is intended for use by microbiologists, students, and researchers who need to identify unknown bacteria quickly and reliably.


The ninth edition of BMDB was published in 1994 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, and edited by John G. Holt. It includes new genera and species, new combinations, and new taxa published through the January 1992 issue of the International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology (IJSB). It also incorporates the changes in bacterial nomenclature and classification that have occurred since the publication of the eighth edition in 1974.

The ninth edition of BMDB is divided into 18 groups, based on the shape, size, Gram reaction, oxygen relations, motility, metabolism, and other characteristics of bacteria. Each group contains a general description that encompasses all organisms in the group, followed by keys or tables to genera and species. Each genus has a brief description that includes its synonyms, type species, habitat and ecology, and differential characteristics. Each species has a short description that includes its synonyms, type strain, and distinctive features. The book also contains numerous illustrations, such as drawings, photographs, and electron micrographs, that help to visualize the morphology and structure of bacteria.

The ninth edition of BMDB is a valuable resource for anyone who works with bacteria or is interested in learning more about them. It is a comprehensive and authoritative guide that reflects the current state of knowledge in bacterial systematics. It can be purchased from [Amazon] or [Google Books], or accessed online from [Bergey's Manual Trust].

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