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Microorganisms in Environmental Management

By: T Satyanarayana(Editor), Bhavdish Narain Johri(Editor), Anil Prakash(Editor)

844 pages, b/w illustrations


Hardback | Jan 2012 | #204976 | ISBN-13: 9789400722286
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Microbes and their biosynthetic capabilities have been invaluable in finding solutions for several intractable problems mankind has encountered in maintaining the quality of the environment. They have, for example, been used to positive effect in human and animal health, genetic engineering, environmental protection, and municipal and industrial waste treatment. Microorganisms have enabled feasible and cost-effective responses which would have been impossible via straightforward chemical or physical engineering methods. Microbial technologies have of late been applied to a range of environmental problems, with considerable success.

Microorganisms in Environmental Management – a survey of recent scientific progress in usefully applying microbes to both environmental management and biotechnology – is informed by acknowledgement of the polluting effects on the world around us of soil erosion, the unwanted migration of sediments, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the improper treatment of human and animal wastes. These harmful phenomena have resulted in serious environmental and social problems around the world, problems which require us to look for solutions elsewhere than in established physical and chemical technologies.

Often the answer lies in hybrid applications in which microbial methods are combined with physical and chemical ones. When we remember that these highly effective microorganisms, cultured for a variety of applications, are but a tiny fraction of those to be found in the world around us, we realize the vastness of the untapped and beneficial potential of microorganisms. At present, comprehending the diversity of hitherto uncultured microbes involves the application of metagenomics, with several novel microbial species having been discovered using culture-independent approaches. Edited by recognized leaders in the field, Microorganisms in Environmental Management is a penetrating assessment of our progress to date in deploying microorganisms to the advantage of environmental management and biotechnology which will be widely welcomed.



1. Halophiles: taxonomy, diversity, physiology and applications
2. Diversity of enteropathogens in river Narmada and their environmental and health implications
3. Insights into the genetic relationships between environmental and clinical strains of Yersinia enterocolitica biovar
4. Role of Microorganisms in remediation of contaminated soil
5. Role of microbiologically rich compost in reducing biotic and abiotic stresses
6. Exploitation of chitinolytic bacteria to chitin waste management
7. Diversity of microbial carbonic anhydrases, their physiological role and applications
8. Hepatotoxic and protease inhibitory metabolites in planktonic cyanobacteria collected from Central India
9. Calcium carbonate biomineralization in ferralitic, tropical soils through the oxalate-carbonate pathway
10. Bacterial degradation of xenobiotic compounds: An overview on metabolic pathways and molecular approaches
11. Molecular analyses of microbial activities involved in bioremediation
12. Microbial degradation of pyridine and its derivatives
13. Bioremediation, bioconversion and detoxification of organic compounds in pulp and paper mill effluent for environmental waste management
14. Bacteriophage based technology for disinfection of different water systems
15. Microbial mining of value added products from seafood waste and their applications
16. Management of heavy metal pollution by using yeast biomass
17. Management of Hospital Wastes with Potential Pathogenic Microbes.-18. Oleaginous fungi: a solution to oil crisis
19.Haloalkaliphilc bacteria and actinobacteria from the saline habitats: New opportunities for biocatalysis and bioremediation
20. Environmental impact from the use of bt toxin
21. Biodegradation of mono-aromatic compounds by bacteria
22. Bioremediation of arsenic from contaminated water
23. Metagenomics approaches in microbial bioremediation of metals and radionuclides
24. Microbial Concrete, a wonder metabolic product that remediates the defects in building structures
25. Microbial degradation of cyanide and nitriles
26. Bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons in soils
27. Hairy root culture: a promising tool for phytoremediation studies
28. Biosurfactant-assisted bioaugmentation in bioremediation
29. Bioremediation of metals mediated by marine bacteria
30. Microbial denitrification and its implications in the marine system
31. Genomic technologies for environmental bioremediation
32. Coalmine drainage pollution and its bioremediation
33. Poultry waste management using microorganisms
34. Cyanoremediation: a green clean technology
35. Microbial decolorization of colored industrial effluents

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