Biotechnology for the Environment: Strategy and Fundamentals

  • Spiros N. Agathos
  • Walter Reineke

Part of the Focus on Biotechnology book series (FOBI, volume 3A)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-6
  2. Strategic Views

  3. Molecular Aspects of Xenobiotic Degradation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Hauke Smidt, Antoon D. L. Akkermans, John Van Der Oost, Willem M. De Vos
      Pages 23-46
    3. Pertti J. Martikainen, Ritva E. Vasara, Mari T. Lipponen, Jaana Tuomainen, Merja H. Suutari, K. Servomaa
      Pages 47-57
    4. Gerrit J. Poelarends, Johan E. T. Van Hylckama Vlieg, Tjibbe Bosma, Dick B. Janssen
      Pages 59-66
  4. Biodegradation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Sébastien J. Goux, Spiros N. Agathos, Luc D. Pussemier
      Pages 141-156
    3. Walter Reineke, Astrid E. Mars, Stefan R. Kaschabek, Dick B. Janssen
      Pages 157-168
    4. Wenbo Dong, Saskia Schulz, David Schleheck, Alasdair M. Cook
      Pages 177-184
    5. Dennis D. Focht, Michael V. McCullar, Denise B. Searles, Sung-Cheol Koh
      Pages 185-203
    6. Thomas Egli, Margarete Witschel
      Pages 205-217
  5. Ecotoxicology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. David I. De Pomerai, Helen E. David, Rowena S. Power, Mohammed H. A. Z. Mutwakil, Clare Daniells
      Pages 221-236
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 237-241

About this book


At the dawn of the 21st century, biotechnology is emerging as a key enabling technology for sustainable environmental protection and stewardship. Biotechnology for the Environment: Strategy and Fundamentals captures the dynamism of environmental biotechnology as it addresses the molecular functioning of microorganisms as cleanup agents, their communal interactions in natural and polluted ecosystems, and the foundations of practical bioremediation processes. Chapters on biological pollution control in the chemical industry, biodegradation of persistent molecules (halogenated compounds, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides, detergents, etc.), microbial diversity with impact on global change, bioaugmentation strategies, and sensors for ecotoxicological monitoring, will be of value to environmental scientists, engineers, and decision-makers involved in the development, evaluation, or implementation of biological treatment systems.

For information on Soil Remediation, see Focus on Biotechnology volume 3B, and for information on Waste Water and Waste Gas Handling, see Focus on Biotechnology volume 3C.


Ammonium Bioaugmentation Bioremediation Biosensor Watt bacteria biotechnology ecosystems environment pesticide pollution polychlorinated biphenyls soil toxicology transgen

Editors and affiliations

  • Spiros N. Agathos
    • 1
  • Walter Reineke
    • 2
  1. 1.Université Catholique de LouvainLouvain-la-NeuveBelgium
  2. 2.Bergische UniversitätWuppertalGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3907-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0357-5
  • Series Print ISSN 1569-268X
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