Microbiology Monographs

Volumes published in the series

Inclusions in Prokaryotes

Jessup M. Shively (Editor) Volume 1 (2006)

Complex Intracellular Structures in Prokaryotes

Jessup M. Shively (Editor) Volume 2 (2006)

Magnetoreception and Magnetosomes in Bacteria

Dirk Schüler (Editor) Volume 3 (2007)

Predatory Prokaryotes - Biology, Ecology and Evolution

Edouard Jurkevitch (Editor) Volume 4 (2007)

Amino Acid Biosynthesis - Pathways, Regulation and Metabolic Engineering

Volker F. Wendisch (Editor) Volume 5 (2007)

Molecular Microbiology of Heavy Metals

Dietrich H. Nies and Simon Silver (Editors) Volume 6 (2007)

Microbial Linear Plasmids

Volume Editors: Friedhelm Meinhardt, Roland Klassen With 57 Figures, 6 in Color

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Volume Editors:

Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Meinhardt

Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie

Westf. Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Corrensstr. 3

48149 Münster

Germany e-mail: [email protected] Dr. Roland Klassen

Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie

Westf. Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Corrensstr. 3

48149 Münster

Germany e-mail: [email protected] Series Editor:

Professor Dr. Alexander Steinbüchel

Institut für Molekulare Mikrobiologie und Biotechnologie

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität

Corrensstraße 3

48149 Münster

Germany e-mail: [email protected]

Library of Congress Control Number: 2007928742 ISSN 1862-5576

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