Increased industrial and agricultural activity this century has led to vast quantities of the earth's soil and groundwater resources becoming contaminated with hazardous chemicals. Bioremediation provides a technology based on the use of living organisms, usually bacteria and fungi, to remove pollutants from soil and water, preferably in situ. This approach, which is potentially more cost-effective than traditional techniques such as incineration of soils and carbon filtration of water, requires an understanding of how organisms transform chemicals, how they survive in polluted environments and how they should be employed in the field. This book examines these issues for many of the most serious and common environmental contaminants, resulting in a volume which presents the most recent position on the application of bioremediation to the cleanup of polluted soil and water.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 622 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 24 mm
'The editors of this book and the contributing authors should be congratulated in providing an up to date review of this rapidly developing subject and it should be of use to many scientists interested in Bioremediation.' The Association of Applied Biologists News
"It will be most useful to those conducting research and those who apply bioremediation at field sites." L.E. Erickson, Choice
"Readers with a wide range of experience could find this work valuable. Those relatively unacquainted with bioremediation would gain a nicely rounded introduction to the subject. As such, the book is well-suited as a supplemental reading in bioremediation courses offered at the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate levels. Researchers would appreciate the book for the thorough state-of-the-art summaries it offers and would find it a solid addition to their personal or laboratory libraries. As a whole, the book is highly recommended." Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 28, No. 3