Bergey's manual of determinative bacteriology, 9th ed., Sci Ref QR81 .A5 1993
This is the first place you will look in order to determine which bacterium you have. You will do this by searching for shape and size of cells, arrangement of cells, stain results, presence of capsules, endospores, or flagella, and growth preferences (e.g. aerobic versus anaerobic, optimal temperature).
Once you have figured out which organism you have, use Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology (either edition is OK, except that Helicobacter was not described in time to make the 1984 edition) to find specific information about your organisms such as cultural characteristics, ecological aspects, and disease notes. In these sets, the descriptions under genus names may run several pages.
Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, 2nd ed. (published in 5 volumes but BSU Libraries has only the first 2 currently). Sci Ref QR81 .B46
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. Sci Ref QR81 .B46
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.