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.
- Praise for the First Edition
- "Serves an important function in presenting a complete picture of biodegradation in the environment. I[t] provides biologists, chemists and engineers interested in this process with information complementary to their own fields and thus belongs on the shelf of everybody active in the study of biodegradation and bioremediation."
- --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 for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses and as an invaluable source of reference to all those with a research interest in this expanding field."
- --SOCIETY FOR GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY QUARTERLY
- "The book could serve as a text for an upper-level or graduate class in the principles of biodegradation and bioremediation for microbiologists and environmental engineers. In summary, Alexander has prepared a cogent and well-organized review of the principles of biodegradation in a book that should prove useful to a great many people."
- --JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
- "Provides a unity of style, and generally, an excellent intellectual flow between topics....Alexander does a spectacular job of addressing the kinetics of degradation reactions--the discussion is one of the best I have seen, especially for those not well versed in mathematics."
- "Written by a very knowledgeable scientist...A very timely book...Recommended as a valuable resource for environmental scientists, engineers, or other persons with an interest in the use of organisms for environmental decontamination and a need for better insight into the principles underlying bioremediation."
- --SOIL SCIENCE
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.
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.
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- © Academic Press 1999
- 23rd March 1999
- Academic Press
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Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U.S.A.
@from:Praise for the First Edition: @qu:"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." @source:--JOURNAL OF CONTAMINANT HYDROLOGY @qu:"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." @source:--SOCIETY FOR GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY QUARTERLY @qu:"A cogent and well-organized review of the principles of biodegradation in a book that should prove useful to a great many people." @source:--JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY @qu:"A spectacular job of addressing the kinetics of degradation reactions." @source:--BIOSCIENCE @qu:"A very timely book... Recommended as a valuable resource." @source:--SOIL SCIENCE @qu:"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." @source:--CIVIL ENGINEERING (July 1999) @qu:"Alexander has produced a readable account that provides an entry point for a diverse range of specialists in many fields." @source:--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." @sourceMarc A. Deshusses, University of California, Riverside, California in THE QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY (March 2001)