Microbial Processes and Environmental Applications

  • Max M. Häggblom
  • Ingeborg D. Bossert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Max M. Häggblom, Ingeborg D. Bossert
      Pages 3-29
  3. Microbial Processes

    1. Ingeborg D. Bossert, Max M. Häggblom, L. Y. Young
      Pages 33-52
    2. Frank E. Löffler, James R. Cole, Kirsti M. Ritalahti, James M. Tiedje
      Pages 53-87
    3. Christof Holliger, Christophe Regeard, Gabriele Diekert
      Pages 115-157
  4. Biochemistry and Chemistry

    1. Dick B. Janssen, Jantien E. Oppentocht, Gerrit J. Poelarends
      Pages 207-226
    2. Lisa A. Totten, Nada M. Assaf-Anid
      Pages 261-287
  5. Environmental Fate and Applications

    1. Kyoungphile Nam, Jerome J. Kukor
      Pages 291-302
    2. Dennis D. Focht
      Pages 303-322
    3. Ronald S. Oremland
      Pages 323-345
    4. Cyndee L Gruden, Q. Shiang Fu, Andrei L. Barkovskii, Iris D. Albrecht, Mary M. Lynam, Peter Adriaens
      Pages 347-372
    5. M. Minna Laine, Minna K. MäNnistö, Mirja S. Salkinoja-Salonen, Jaakko A. Puhakka
      Pages 421-442
  6. Summary

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 481-501

About this book


Halogenated organic compounds constitute one of the largest groups of environmental chemicals. The industrial production of new halogenated organic compounds has increased throughout the last century peaking in the 1960s, and continuing in widespread use today. Organohalides are integral to a variety of industrial applications, including use as solvents, degreasing agents, biocides, pharmaceuticals, plasticizers, hydraulic and heat transfer fluids, and intermediates for chemical synthesis, to name a few. It is important to recognize the beneficial aspects of halogenated organic compounds, as well as their potentially deleterious impact on the environment and health. Recognition ofthe adverse environmental effects ofmanytypes oforganohalide compounds has led to efforts to reduce or eliminate the most problematic ones. Although organohalide compounds are typically considered to be anthropogenic industrial compounds, they have their counterpart in several thousands of natural biogenic and geogenic organohalides, representing most classes of organic chemicals. Natural sources account for a significant portion of the global organohalogen budget. This volume authored by recognized experts in the field provides a current perspective on how both natural and synthetic organohalides are formed and degraded, and how these processes are incorporated into a global halogen cycle. The focus is on microbial processes, since these play a major role both in the production and degradation, i. e. , cycling of halogenated organic compounds inthe environment. This book is organized into five parts. Part I, Introduction, provides a global perspective on the issues of organohalides and their fate in the environment.


Biogen Bioremediation biochemistry ecology microorganism

Editors and affiliations

  • Max M. Häggblom
    • 1
  • Ingeborg D. Bossert
    • 1
  1. 1.Rutgers UniversityUSA

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