Volume s1-31, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Extensive investigations in soil microbiology and, especially those investigations concerning the group actinomycetes carried on over a period of years by Dr. Waksman and his associates in the Department of Microbiology of Rutgers University and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has admirably fitted the author to present a discussion of “The Actinomycetes.” Indeed, as stated in his preface, “The writer has thus been concerned, during virtually his entire scientific lifetime, with the study of the actinomycetes.”

Since this group of microorganisms includes hundreds of forms, there has been much confusion concerning their terminology, morphology, biochemical behavior and their position in classification, etc. This book, composed of 192 text pages, including an introduction and summary, attempts in 11 chapters, to bring together the important work of other investigators with that of the author's laboratory. A discussion of the multiplicity of names applied to these forms is followed by a discussion of the numerous attempts to classify them and the final acceptance of the classification that appears in Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology, 6th ed., 1948.


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