Bioremediation is an expanding area of environmental biotechnology, and may be defined as the application of biological processes to the treatment of pollution. Much bioremediation work has concentrated on organic pollutants, although the range of substances that can be transformed or detoxified by micro-organisms includes both natural and synthetic organic materials and inorganic pollutants, such as toxic metals. The majority of applications developed to date involve bacteria and there is a distinct lack of appreciation of the potential roles and involvement of fungi in bioremediation, despite clear evidence of their metabolic and morphological versatility.
This book highlights the potential of filamentous fungi, including mycorrhizas, in bioremediation and discusses the physiology and chemistry of pollutant transformations.
Paperback re-issue, originally published in 2001.
'... this book will become a standard text for years to come.' Roy Watling, BSS News 'Recommended to anyone (not just mycologists) with an interest in the expanding field of environmental biotechnology.' Vicki Tariq, Microbiology Today '... well written and well edited ... helpful to the research scientist and student alike ...'. Mycologist 'What a stimulating book! ... the editor and sponsoring Society have to be applauded for their vision'. Mycological Research '... this book is a most useful summary of the current understanding of the bioremediation potential of fungi ... This book is a major source of references and techniques for anyone interested in using the chemical activities of fungi to transform waste substrates.' Mycopathologia
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