Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria

  • Lorenz Adrian
  • Frank E. Löffler

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Lorenz Adrian, Frank E. Löffler
      Pages 3-6
  3. Diversity of Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. Stephen H. Zinder
      Pages 107-136
    3. William M. Moe, Fred A. Rainey, Jun Yan
      Pages 137-151
    4. Julien Maillard, Christof Holliger
      Pages 153-171
    5. Taiki Futagami, Kensuke Furukawa
      Pages 173-207
    6. Tobias Goris, Gabriele Diekert
      Pages 209-234
    7. Robert A. Sanford, Janamejaya Chowdhary, Frank E. Löffler
      Pages 235-258
    8. Koshlan Mayer-Blackwell, Holly Sewell, Maeva Fincker, Alfred M. Spormann
      Pages 259-280
  4. Ecology of Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Kai Wei, Ariel Grostern, Winnie W. M. Chan, Ruth E. Richardson, Elizabeth A. Edwards
      Pages 283-308
  5. Genomics and Regulation of Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria

  6. Biochemistry of Organohalide-Respiring Bacteria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 395-395
    2. Torsten Schubert, Gabriele Diekert
      Pages 397-427
    3. Theodore C. Moore, Jorge C. Escalante-Semerena
      Pages 455-484
  7. Applications

  8. Outlook

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 619-619
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 629-632

About this book


This book summarizes the current state of knowledge concerning bacteria that use halogenated organic compounds as respiratory electron acceptors. The discovery of organohalide-respiring bacteria has expanded the range of electron acceptors used for energy conservation, and serves as a prime example of how scientific discoveries are enabling innovative engineering solutions that have transformed remediation practice. Individual chapters provide in-depth background information on the discovery, isolation, phylogeny, biochemistry, genomic features, and ecology of individual organohalide-respiring genera, including Dehalococcoides,DehalogenimonasDehalobacter, Desulfitobacterium andSulfurospirillum, as well as organohalide-respiring members of the Deltaproteobacteria. The book introduces readers to the fascinating biology of organohalide-respiring bacteria, offering a valuable resource for students, engineers and practitioners alike.


Bioremediation Organohalide Respiration Dehalogenases Dechlorination Energy conservation under anoxic conditions Electron acceptors in respiratory chain Reductive dehalogenation Dichloromethane Fermentation

Editors and affiliations

  • Lorenz Adrian
    • 1
  • Frank E. Löffler
    • 2
  1. 1.Department Isotope BiogeochemistryHelmholtz Centre for Environ. Research Department Isotope BiogeochemistryLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Department of Microbiology, Department of Civil & Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Tennessee, Center for Environmental BiotechnologyKnoxvilleUSA

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