Purpose: classification, cultural characteristics, disease (not primarily identification).
Organized by newer (molecular-based) classification systems.
Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, 1984 edition, 4 volumes.
Purpose: classification, cultural characteristics, diseases (see Bergey's Determinative for primary identification).
Master index: Located in volume 4. Indexes in volumes 1, 2, and 3 refer only to species found in those volumes.
The page or pages specifically devoted to a certain genus or species are in bold face print. Pages not in bold may only refer to a genus or species in a list or footnote or by comparison.
Bacteria are mostly in the same order as Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, except that the Tenericutes (Mycoplasmas) have been moved ahead of the Firmicutes, and the Actinobacteria are separated into the last volume.
Indexes list bacteria in alphabetical order both by...
Thus, looking under Bacillus coli or Vibrio coli will tell you nothing new – you can tell which name is still in valid use by whether or not some of the page numbers are in bold-face print.
Note: Some bacteria may not appear in any volume. For example, Helicobacter pylori (misspelled as Heliobacter on some copies) is a species that was not known to science until after this edition was published. Thus, you will not be able to find any information on it in the 1984 Bergey’s Manual of Systematic Bacteriology and will need to consult the 2001 edition.