Bergey's Manual Trust was established in 1936 to sustain the publication of Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology and supplementary reference works. The Trust also recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to bacterial taxonomy by presentation of the Bergey Award and Bergey Medal, jointly supported by funds from the Trust and from Springer, the publishers of the Manual.
Bergey's Manual Trust and John Wiley & Sons, Inc. are pleased to announce a new partnership to produce an online encyclopedia entitled Bergey's Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria (BMSAB). The digital edition of the systematics manual will provide up-to-date descriptions of the taxonomy, systematics, ecology, physiology and other biological properties of all named prokaryotic taxa. The new edition replaces and expands upon the second edition of Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology, completed in 2012.
BMSAB will be available via Wiley Online Library, which, with over 1,500 journals and over 14,000 online books, is the world's broadest and deepest multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering the sciences and humanities. Individual chapters of BMSAB will also be made available in e-book format.
Since its formation in 1936, Bergey's Manual Trust has worked to provide comprehensive and authoritative descriptions of bacteria and archaea through the publication of its Manuals on determinative and systematic bacteriology.
The result of a collaboration between the Trust and hundreds of microbiologists from all over the world, the Manuals provide a natural classification of prokaryotes that reflects their evolutionary history and extensive descriptive information on the taxonomy, systematics, physiology, ecology and habitats of individual prokaryotic groups.
An explosion in the isolation and description of new taxa of prokaryotes over the past five years has resulted in the description of more than one hundred new genera and six hundred new species per year. This rapid pace underlines the need for a constantly updated electronic edition which keeps the community at the forefront of research.
"An electronic work is critical to providing a comprehensive description of the wonderful diversity of prokaryotic life" says Barny Whitman, Director of the Editorial Office of Bergey's Manual and Professor of Microbiology at the University of Georgia, USA. "We are very fortunate that Wiley shares our vision of a dynamic Manual capable of providing comprehensive, detailed and up-to-date descriptions of bacteria and archaea for researchers, educators and students in microbiology." Vicky Johnson and Elizabeth Grainge from Wiley will be working closely with the Bergey editorial office. "Since David Hendricks Bergey published his first encyclopedia in 1923, Bergey's titles have earned a reputation as invaluable research tools for laboratories," said Vicky Johnson, Associate Editorial Director, Wiley. "Our new partnership will maintain the high quality that Bergey's is known for, while using digital platforms to ensure the third edition becomes the go-to resource for microbiologists globally."