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Microorganisms in Environmental Management

Microbes and Environment

  • T. Satyanarayana
  • Bhavdish Narain Johri
  • Anil Prakash
  • Covers broader aspects of the role of microbes in environmental management

  • The chapters will be written with special reference to the developments in environmental microbiology and microbial technologies in solving environmental pollution problems in India, although global aspects will be discussed

  • Also covers aspects such as microbial concrete, bacteriophages in disinfection of water systems, metagenomics in bioremediation, bioremediation of arsenic and several others


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. P. P. Kanekar, S. P. Kanekar, A. S. Kelkar, P. K. Dhakephalkar
    Pages 1-34
  3. Anjana Sharma, Abhishek Bhattacharya, Chandan R. Bora, Varsha Shukla, Pankaj Parihar
    Pages 35-60
  4. J. S. Virdi, Pradeep Kumar, Sarita Mallik, Neeru Bhagat, Pooja Gulati
    Pages 61-80
  5. Manab Das, Alok Adholeya
    Pages 81-111
  6. C. M. Mehta, Varun Gupta, Shivom Singh, Rashmi Srivastava, Elli Sen, Martin Romantschuk et al.
    Pages 113-134
  7. S. N. Das, Ch. Neeraja, P. V. S. R. N. Sarma, J. Madhu Prakash, P. Purushotham, Manjeet Kaur et al.
    Pages 135-150
  8. Simarjot Kaur, Abhishek Bhattacharya, Anjana Sharma, Anil K. Tripathi
    Pages 151-173
  9. Suvendra N. Bagchi, Palash K. Das, Shubhro K. Ghosh
    Pages 175-190
  10. Varun Shah, Kunal Jain, Chirayu Desai, Datta Madamwar
    Pages 221-247
  11. D. Madhusudan Reddy, Gopal Reddy
    Pages 249-262
  12. Sangeeta Ahiwale, Pankaj Koparde, Pranali Deore, Vyankat Gunale, Balasaheb P. Kapadnis
    Pages 289-313
  13. Divya Prakash, N. N. Nawani, Balasaheb P. Kapadnis
    Pages 315-333
  14. Ashok V. Bankar, Smita S. Zinjarde, Balasaheb P. Kapadnis
    Pages 335-363
  15. M. Subba Rao, Shubhangi Wankhede
    Pages 365-401
  16. Mainak Mukhopadhyay, Anshu Singh, Rintu Banerjee
    Pages 403-414
  17. Satya P. Singh, Vikram H. Raval, Megha K. Purohit, Jignasha T. Thumar, Sangeeta D. Gohel, Sandip Pandey et al.
    Pages 415-429

About this book


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.


Bioremediation Global warming Microbial concrete Waste management Xenobiotics

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Satyanarayana
    • 1
  • Bhavdish Narain Johri
    • 2
  • Anil Prakash
    • 3
  1. 1.Fac. Inter-Disciplinary &, Applied SciencesUniversity of DelhiNew DelhiIndia
  2. 2., Department of Biotechnology and BioinforBarkatullah UniversityBhopalIndia
  3. 3., Department of Biotechnology and BioinforBarkatullah UniversityBhopalIndia

Bibliographic information

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From the reviews:

“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)