Biodegradation and Bioremediation


  • Martin Alexander, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.

Biodegradation has been the subject of active concern for the past 40 years. Recently, the field has expanded to encompass a wide variety of chemicals, a broad array of issues, and the development of the new bioremediation industry. This book presents the basic principles of biodegradation and shows how these principles relate to bioremediation. Authored by a world-renowned environmental microbiologist, Biodegradation and Bioremediation presents microbiological, chemical, toxicological, environmental, engineering, and technological aspects of the subject.
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Professionals, researchers, and graduate students in environmental and civil engineering, applied microbiology, toxicology, environmental chemistry, hydrology, and soil and water science. Also suitable for courses in environmental sciences, as well as for industrial and government researchers who desire knowledge about biodegradation and bioremediation.


Book information

  • Published: March 1999
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-049861-1


"Serves an important function in presenting a complete picture of biodegradation in the environment. It belongs on the shelf of everybody active in the study of biodegradation and bioremediation."
Praise for the First Edition:, --JOURNAL OF CONTAMINANT HYDROLOGY

"A compendious account of the field in a form accessible to microbiologists, chemists, toxicologists and environmental scientists and engineers. His book succeeds admirably... Well indexed, its diagrams large and clear... It will serve as an excellent text and as an invaluable source of reference."
"A cogent and well-organized review of the principles of biodegradation in a book that should prove useful to a great many people."
"A spectacular job of addressing the kinetics of degradation reactions."
"A very timely book... Recommended as a valuable resource."
"New chapters in this edition give a broader scope to existing information on such topics as predicting the products of biodegradation, bioremediation of metals and other inorganic pollutants, and the formation and biodegradation of air pollutants."
"Alexander has produced a readable account that provides an entry point for a diverse range of specialists in many fields."
--L.C. Davis in CHOICE (October 1999)
qu:"Martin Alexander has done a superb job of compiling the most recent fundamental and technological aspects of biodegradation and bioremediation of contaminants in a single volume." @source—Marc A. Deshusses, University of California, Riverside, California in THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY (March 2001

Table of Contents

Introduction.Growth-linked Biodegradation.Acclimation.Detoxication.Activation.Kinetics.Threshold.Sorption.Nonaqueous-Phase Liquids and Compounds with Low Water Solubility.Bioavailability: Aging, Sequestering and Complexing.Effect of Chemical Structure on Biodegradation.Predicting Products of Biodegradation.Cometabolism.Environmental Effects.Inoculation.Bioremediation Technologies: In Situ and Solid Phase.Bioremediation Technologies: Ex Situ and Bioreactors.Bioremediation of Metals and Inorganic Pollutants.Recalcitrant Molecules.Formation and Biodegradation of Air Pollutants.Appendix: Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Structures.Index.