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Microorganisms to Combat Pollution - E. Rosenberg

Microorganisms to Combat Pollution

By: E. Rosenberg (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 31st May 1993
ISBN: 9780792322269
Number Of Pages: 280

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This volume contains material first presented at an international workshop on the 'Use of Microorganisms to Combat Pollution', held in Israel, May 10--18, 1992. The workshop was sponsored by the Bat-Sheva de Rothschild Foundation for the Advancement of Science and included microbiologists, biochemists and geneticists from universities, environmental agencies and the military. Each of the contributors to this volume is an ackĀ­ nowledged expert on the treatment of one or more types of pollution using microorganisms or their enzymes. This book differs from most published symposia proceedings in the breadth of coverage of each subject. Most of the chapters are divided into three parts: (a) A general presentation of the source and toxicity of the pollutant, (b) a review of the current state-of-the-science on the biodegradation of that pollutant and (c) the authors' unique research experiences on the problem. In several examples, the authors have presented data from both laboratory studies and field trials. Thus, the book contains not only the theoretical background on the biodegradation of pollutants, but also practical experiences in applying this knowledge to solving significant pollution problems.

Preface
The environment, microbes and bioremediation: microbial activities modulated by the environmentp. 1
Molecular methods for environmental monitoring and containment of genetically engineered microorganismsp. 13
Mercury biotransformations and their potential for remediation of mercury contaminationp. 23
Interactions of bacteria with cadmiump. 37
The cellulose paradox: pollutant par excellence and/or a reclaimable natural resource?p. 47
Utilization of lignocellulosic waste by the edible mushroom, Pleurotusp. 65
Delignification of wood pulp by a thermostable xylanase from Bacillus stearothermophilus strain T-6p. 83
Biotechnology in the degradation and utilization of lignocellulosep. 95
The use of natural bacterial populations for the treatment of sulphur-containing wastewaterp. 115
Transformations of ammonia and the environmental impact of nitrifying bacteriap. 131
Versatility of soil column experiments to study biodegradation of halogenated compounds under environmental conditionsp. 141
Bacterial PCB biodegradationp. 161
Biodegradation of haloalkanesp. 175
Oil spill bioremediation: experiences, lessons and results from the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaskap. 191
Petroleum bioremediation - a multiphase problemp. 213
Biodegradation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbonsp. 227
Biological degradation of explosives and chemical agentsp. 245
Microbial degradation of pollutants at high salt concentrationsp. 263
List of contributorsp. 275
Indexp. 277
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ISBN: 9780792322269
ISBN-10: 0792322266
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 31st May 1993
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 27.31 x 20.32  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 3