Biodeterioration: Its Role In Economics, Agriculture, Human Health, Ecology, and Conservation

  • Gerald C. Llewellyn


Biodeterioration by our definition, is an undesirable change, usually caused by microorganisms but not exclusively so. Generally, fungi and bacteria are the prime deteriogens, but other organisms such as plants, invertebrates, insects, birds, rodents, parasites, and at times even the chemicals, contaminants or organisms in air, water, food, or feed are often included as part of this broad, multi-disciplinary topic. Biodegradation, not to be excluded, but often not considered to be theoretically under the same umbrella, is a planned and purposeful breakdown, deterioration, or alteration due to organisms and at times even by chemicals.


Toxic Substance Organizational Format Hazardous Waste Vital Importance Public Health Issue 

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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald C. Llewellyn
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  1. 1.Virginia Bureau of Toxic SubstancesUSA

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