About this book
All active cellular systems require water as the medium and solvent of their metabolic activities. Hydrophobic compounds and structures, which tend to exclude water, though providing inter alia excellent sources of energy and a means of biological compartmentalization, present problems of cellular handling, poor bioavailability and, in some cases, toxicity. Microbes both synthesize and exploit a vast range of hydrophobic organics, especially petroleum oil hydrocarbons and industrial pollutants, and the underlying interactions not only have major consequences for the lifestyles of the microbes involved, but also for biogeochemistry, climate change, environmental pollution, human health and a range of biotechnological applications.
The aim of this handbook is to be the definitive resource of current knowledge on the diverse and multifaceted aspects of these interactions, the microbial players, and the physiological mechanisms and adaptive strategies characteristic of the microbial lifestyle that plays out at hydrophobic material: aqueous liquid interfaces.
VOLUME 1: HYDROCARBONS, OILS AND LIPIDS: DIVERSITY, PROPERTIES AND FORMATION Part 1 Diversity and Physico-Chemical Characteristics, Part 2 Formation and Location, Part 3 Transfer from the Geosphere to Biosphere, Part 4 Environmental Chemistry, Part 5 Biochemistry of Biogenesis, Part 6 Genetics of Biogenesis , Part 7 The Microbes (Section Editor: Terry Mcgenity), Part 8 Methanogenic Communities
VOLUME 2: MICROBIAL UTILIZATION OF HYDROCARBONS, OILS AND LIPIDS Part 1 Introduction: Theoretical Considerations, Part 2 Biochemistry of Aerobic Degradation , Part 3 Biochemistry of Anaerobic Degradation, P art 4 Enzymology , Part 5 Genetics (the Paradigms) (Section Editor: Victor De Lorenzo), Part 6 Functional Genomics (the Paradigms) (Section Editor: Victor De Lorenzo), Part 7 Cellular Ecophysiology: Problems of Hydrophobicity, Bioavailability , Part 8 Cellular Ecophysiology: Uptake, Part 9 Cellular Ecophysiology: Problems of Solventogenicity, Solvent Tolerance, Part 10 Cellular Ecophysiology: Problems of Feast or Famine
VOLUME 3: MICOBES AND COMMUNITIES UTILIZING HYDROCARBONS, OILS AND LIPIDS Part 1 The Microbes (Section Editor: Terry Mcgenity), Part 2 Microbes Utilizing Non-Hydrocarbon Components of Fossil Fuels, Part 3 Microbial Communities Based on Hydrocarbons, Oils and Fats: Natural Habitats, Part 4 Microbial Communities Based on Hydrocarbons, Oils and Fats: Anthropogenically-Created Habitats
VOLUME 4: CONSEQUENCES OF MICROBIAL INTERACTIONS WITH HYDROCARBONS, OILS AND LIPIDS Part 1 Introduction , Part 2 Applications: Organics Degradation, Part 3 Applications: Biomonitoring, Part 4 Applications: Fuel Production , Part 5 Applications: Chemicals Production, Part 6 Global Consequences of the Consumption and Production of Hydrocarbons, Part 7 Human-Animal-Plant Health and Physiology Consequences of Microbial Interactions with Hydrocarbons and Lipids , Part 8 The Future
VOLUME 5: EXPERIMENTAL PROTOCOLS AND APPENDICES Part 1 Study Systems (Section Editor: Jan Roelof Van Der Meer), Part 2 Analytical Procedures (Section Editor: Jan Roelof Van Der Meer), Part 3 Microbiology and Community Procedures (Section Editor: Jan Roelof Van Der Meer), Part 4 Biochemical Procedures (Section Editor: Jan Roelof Van Der Meer), Part 5 Genetic and System Procedures (Section Editor: Jan Roelof Van Der Meer), Part 6 Application Procedures (Section Editor: Jan Roelof Van Der Meer), Part 7 Appendices