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Mycoremediation and Environmental Sustainability

Volume 1

  • Ram Prasad

Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Sandra Pérez Álvarez, Marco Antonio Magallanes Tapia, Bernardo Nayar Debora Duarte, María Esther González Vega
    Pages 1-15
  3. Anjana K. Vala, Bharti P. Dave
    Pages 17-37
  4. Talat Parween, Pinki Bhandari, Zahid Hameed Siddiqui, Sumira Jan, Tasneem Fatma, P. K. Patanjali
    Pages 39-51
  5. Sunita J. Varjani, Rajal K. Patel
    Pages 53-67
  6. Hesham A. El Enshasy, Siti Zulaiha Hanapi, Soad A. Abdelgalil, Roslinda Abd Malek, Avnish Pareek
    Pages 69-104
  7. Elena Binkauskienė, Dalia Bučinskienė, Albinas Lugauskas
    Pages 105-117
  8. Rashmi Mishra, V. Venkateswara Sarma
    Pages 133-151
  9. Abhinav Jain, Shreya Yadav, Vinod Kumar Nigam, Shubha Rani Sharma
    Pages 153-170
  10. Vankayalapati Vijaya Kumar
    Pages 171-187
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 235-240

About this book


Bioremediation is the use of microorganisms' metabolism to degrade waste contaminants (sewage, domestic, and industrial effluents) into non-toxic or less toxic materials by natural biological processes. Remediation through fungi—or mycoremediation—has multifarious possibilities in applied remediation engineering and the future of environmental sustainability. Fungi have the biochemical and ecological capability to degrade environmental organic chemicals and to decrease the risk associated with metals, semi-metals, noble metals, and radionuclides, either by chemical modification or by manipulating chemical bioavailability. Additionally, the capability of these fungi to form extended mycelia networks, the low specificity of their catabolic enzymes, and their using pollutants as a growth substrate make these fungi well suited for bioremediation processes. Their mycelia exhibit the robustness of adapting to highly limiting environmental conditions often experienced in the presence of persistent pollutants, which makes them more useful compared to other microbes. However, despite dominating the living biomass in soil and being abundant in aquatic ecosystems, fungi have not been exploited for the bioremediation of such environments. This book covers the various types of fungi and associated fungal processes used to clean up waste and wastewaters in contaminated environments and discusses future potential applications.


Bioremediation Fungi Decolorization Soil pollution Nanotechnology Agricultural by-products Waste

Editors and affiliations

  • Ram Prasad
    • 1
  1. 1.Amity Institute of Microbial TechnologyAmity UniversityNoidaIndia

About the editors

Ram Prasad is Assistant Professor at the Amity Institute of Microbial Technology, Amity University, Uttar Pradesh, India. Dr. Prasad completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Microbiology, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, UP, India, in collaboration with School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. He received his M.Sc. in Life Sciences at JNU and also qualified CSIR-NET, ASRB-NET, and GATE. His research interest includes plant microbe-interactions, sustainable agriculture and microbial nanobiotechnology. Dr. Prasad has ninety five publications to his credit, including research papers & book chapters and five patents issued or pending, and edited or authored several books. Dr. Prasad has eleven years of teaching experience and he has been awarded the Young Scientist Award (2007) and Prof. J.S. Datta Munshi Gold Medal (2009) by the International Society for Ecological Communications; FSAB fellowship (2010) by the Society for Applied Biotechnology; Outstanding Scientist Award (2015) in the field of Microbiology by Venus International Foundation; and the American Cancer Society UICC International Fellowship for Beginning Investigators (USA, 2014). In 2014-2015, Dr. Prasad served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

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