Microbial Ecology of Wastewater Treatment Plants

Microbial Ecology of Wastewater Treatment Plants

1st Edition - May 15, 2021

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  • Editors: Maulin Shah, Susana Rodriguez-Couto
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128225035
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128225042

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Microbial Ecology of Wastewater Treatment Plants presents different methods and techniques used in microbial ecology to study the interactions and evolution of microbial populations in WWTPs, particularly the new molecular tools developed in the last decades. These molecular biology-based methods (e.g. studies of DNA, RNA and proteins) provide a high resolution of information compared to traditional ways of studying microbial wastewater populations, such as microscopic examination and culture-based methods. In addition, this book addresses the ability of microorganisms to degrade environmental pollutants.

Key Features

  • Describes application of different Omics tools in Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)
  • Demonstrates the role of microorganisms in WWTPs
  • Includes discussions on the microbial ecology of WWTPs
  • Covers the microbial diversity of activated sludge
  • Emphasizes cutting-edge molecular tools


Engineers, scientists who require an excellent introduction and basic knowledge to the principles of waste water treatment technologies. Different professionals, managers working or interested in the Water treatment microbiology field

Table of Contents

  • 1. Structure and function of microbial communities
    2. Microbial community genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics
    3. Microbial interaction
    4. Microbial communication
    5. Microbial ecology
    6. Microbial population biology
    7. Biogeochemical processes (C, N, P, S-cycles)
    8. Microbial life in extreme environments
    9. Evolutionary processes of microbial communities
    10. Biofilm formation and surface microbes
    11. Metabolic flux analysis and stable isotope probing (DNA, RNA and protein)
    12. Microbiome biology of environmental habitats
    13. Microbial treatment
    14. Microbial pollution: pathogenic microorganisms in the environment (water/soil/air/food); microbial metabolism and environmental pollution (e.g., microbial toxin)
    15. Microbiological monitoring: testing methods and monitoring techniques development
    16. Microbial Degradation of Xenobiotics
    17. Microbiological Wastewater Treatment
    18. Genetics and Physiology of Anaerobic Hydrocarbon-Degrading Microorganisms
    19. Bioremediation - The Natural Solution
    20. Molecular Ecology and Genetic Diversity of Marine Microorganisms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 570
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: May 15, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128225035
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128225042

About the Editors

Maulin Shah

Maulin Shah is an active researcher and scientific writer for over 20 years. He received a B.Sc. degree in 1999 in Microbiology from Gujarat University in Godhra, Gujarat, India. He also earned his Ph.D. degree in 2005 in Environmental Microbiology from Sardar Patel University in Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat, India. His research interests include biological wastewater treatment, environmental microbiology, biodegradation, bioremediation, & phytoremediation of environmental pollutants from industrial wastewaters. He has published more than 250 research papers in national and international journals of repute on various aspects of microbial biodegradation and bioremediation of environmental pollutants. He is the editor of 55 books of international repute.

Affiliations and Expertise

Researcher, Environmental Microbiology Lab, Gujarat, India

Susana Rodriguez-Couto

Susana Rodríguez-Couto (female) got her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Chemistry (Industrial Chemistry) from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1992 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1999 from the University of Vigo, obtaining the maximal grade (magna cum laude) and, in addition, she was awarded with the Extraordinary Prize for Doctoral Thesis in Chemistry. She worked as an Associate Professor and an Isidro Parga Pondal Senior Researcher at the University of Vigo (2000-2004), as a Ramón y Cajal Senior Researcher at Rovira i Virgili University (2004-2008) and as an Ikerbasque Research Professor (2009-2019). She has also worked as an Invited Researcher at the Institute from Environmental Biotechnology, Graz University of Technology (Austria) and at the Department of Biological Engineering, University of Minho (Portugal). In 2008, she received the I3 Professor from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Education to the recognition of an outstanding research activity. In March 2021 she is joining LUT School of Engineering Science at Mikkeli, Finland, as a Full Professor in biological water treatment. She has published more than 140 articles in highly reputed international journals (h index 42). She is editor of several journals (3Biotech, Frontiers) and 14 Elsevier books.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor (Biological Water Treatment), Department of Separation Science, LUT School of Engineering Science, LUT University, Finland

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