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Fungal Applications in Sustainable Environmental Biotechnology

  • Diane Purchase

Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Fungal Biotechnology in Agriculture and Their Potential Contributions Towards Food Security

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christopher Wright, Andrii P. Gryganskyi, Gregory Bonito
      Pages 3-28
    3. Alexander O. Emoghene, Anthony E. Futughe
      Pages 43-62
  3. Providing Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Solutions to Treat Wastewater

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Federica Spina, Giovanna Cristina Varese
      Pages 115-141
    3. Ewere Job Egede, Huw Jones, Bryan Cook, Diane Purchase, Aidyn Mouradov
      Pages 143-181
  4. Mycoremediation: Fungi as Prolific Degraders to Control Waste and Reduce Pollution

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Stefano Covino, Tatiana Stella, Tomáš Cajthaml
      Pages 185-231
    3. Wai Kit Chan, Dirk Wildeboer, Hemda Garelick, Diane Purchase
      Pages 249-272
  5. Biotechnology to Reduce Reliance on Fossil Fuels: From Biomass to Biofuel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Anastasia P. Galanopoulou, Dimitris G. Hatzinikolaou
      Pages 275-305
    3. Cristiane Sanchez Farinas, Fernanda Marisa da Cunha
      Pages 307-320
  6. Fungi as Biofactories and Other Biotechnological Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 321-321
    2. Ernestina Castro-Longoria
      Pages 323-351

About this book


Fungi are distinct eukaryotic organisms renowned for their remarkable biodiversity and and extensive habitat range. Many fungal species have long been exploited for food and medicines. This volume considers other important applications of fungal biotechnology especially in an environmental context, showcasing the essential contributions of these amazingly versatile organisms. It explores how fungi offer sustainable solutions to tackle various environmental concerns. Written by eminent experts in their fields, this work presents a broad array of current advances and future prospects in fungal environmental biotechnology and discusses their limitations and potential. The book is organized in five parts, each addressing a theme of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG): strengthen food security (Zero Hunger), wastewater treatment (Clean Water & Sanitation), pollution reduction (Life on Land), biofuel production (Affordable & Clean Energy) and biosynthesis of novel biomolecules (Responsible Consumption & Production).


Fungi biotechnology food security renewable energy sustainability

Editors and affiliations

  • Diane Purchase
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Natural SciencesMiddlesex UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Diane Purchase received her BSc and PhD in Microbiology from King’s College London. She has over 20 years of research experience in academia and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Science and Technology at Middlesex University in London. She is the Honorary Secretary of the Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences in the UK and a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences. She has a long-held interest in the environmental applications of microorganisms and belongs to many microbiological and environmental organisations, such as the British Mycological Society, American Society for Microbiology, International Society for Microbial Ecology and Institution of Environmental Sciences. Diane has over 60 publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference papers and book chapters. She is the coordinating editor of Environmental Geochemistry and Health, a Springer Nature journal, and the co-editor of Microbial Applications – Recent Advancements and Future Developments, published by De Gruyter. She also serves as reviewer of numerous journals, including: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology, FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Journal of Hazardous Materials, PLoS ONE and Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Diane is committed to promoting sustainability through her research and teaching. She currently chairs an International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) task group to examine the environmental and health challenges of E-waste and its management.

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“The book is useful for microbiologists, mycologists, and scientists concerned with biotechnology. It shows current advances and discusses future prospects including potential and limitations of fungal environmental biotechnology.” (Marwa T. A. Abdel-Wareth, International Journal of Environmental Studies, Vol. 74 (6), 2017)