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Microorganisms in Environmental Management

T. Satyanarayana

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ISBN 10: 9400722281 / ISBN 13: 9789400722286
Editore: Springer-Verlag Gmbh Dez 2011, 2011
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Da Rhein-Team Lörrach Ivano Narducci e.K. (Lörrach, Germania)

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Neuware - Microorganisms and their biosynthetic capabilities have solved several difficult problems in the welfare of mankind. Various fields in which microorganisms have helped mankind include medical technology, human and animal health, food processing, food safety and quality, genetic engineering, environmental protection, agricultural biotechnology and more effective treatment of agriculture, and municipal and industrial waste treatment, which provide a most impressive record of achievements. Most of these technological advancements would not have been possible using conventional straightforward chemical and physical engineering methods, or if they were, they would not have been practically or economically feasible and might cause environmental pollution problems. In recent years, microbial technologies have been applied to several environmental problems with considerable success. However, these technologies have not always been widely accepted by the scientific community because it is often difficult to consistently reproduce their beneficial effects. Microorganisms are effective only when they are presented with suitable and optimum conditions for metabolizing their substrates including available water, oxygen, pH and temperature of their environment. Meanwhile, the various types of microbial cultures and inoculants available in the market today have rapidly increased because of the new technologies. Significant achievements are being made in systems where technical guidance is coordinated with the marketing of microbial products. Since microorganisms are useful in solving problems associated with the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, they are now widely applied in nature farming and organic agriculture. Environmental pollution caused by excessive soil erosion and the associated transport of sediment, chemical fertilizers and pesticides to surface and groundwater and improper treatment of human and animal wastes has caused serious environmental and social problems throughout the world. Often attempts have been made to solve these problems using the established chemical and physical methods. It has, however, been realized that these problems cannot be solved without using microbial methods and technologies in coordination with agricultural production. The book is about the utility of microbes in solving a great variety of environmental problems. 819 pp. Englisch. Codice inventario libreria 9789400722286

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Titolo: Microorganisms in Environmental Management

Casa editrice: Springer-Verlag Gmbh Dez 2011

Data di pubblicazione: 2011

Legatura: Buch

Condizione libro:Neu

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Microbes and their biosynthetic capabilities have been invaluable in finding solutions for several intractable problems mankind has encountered in maintaining the quality of the environment. They have, for example, been used to positive effect in human and animal health, genetic engineering, environmental protection, and municipal and industrial waste treatment. Microorganisms have enabled feasible and cost-effective responses which would have been impossible via straightforward chemical or physical engineering methods. Microbial technologies have of late been applied to a range of environmental problems, with considerable success. 

This survey of recent scientific progress in usefully applying microbes to both environmental management and biotechnology is informed by acknowledgement of the polluting effects on the world around us of soil erosion, the unwanted migration of sediments, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and the improper treatment of human and animal wastes. These harmful phenomena have resulted in serious environmental and social problems around the world, problems which require us to look for solutions elsewhere than in established physical and chemical technologies. Often the answer lies in hybrid applications in which microbial methods are combined with physical and chemical ones. When we remember that these highly effective microorganisms, cultured for a variety of applications, are but a tiny fraction of those to be found in the world around us, we realize the vastness of the untapped and beneficial potential of microorganisms. At present, comprehending the diversity of hitherto uncultured microbes involves the application of metagenomics, with several novel microbial species having been discovered using culture-independent approaches. Edited by recognized leaders in the field, this penetrating assessment of our progress to date in deploying microorganisms to the advantage of environmental management and biotechnology will be widely welcomed.


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“The present volume is edited by prominent leaders in the field and written by well-known scientists. It comprises 35 chapters, a preface and an index, and covers many topics in environmental pollution. ... This book is very useful for all readers belonging to different scientific domains, from undergraduate to specialist level.” (Ioan I. Ardelean, Romanian Journal of Biochemistry, Vol. 49 (2), 2012)

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