Bioremediation and Sustainability : Research and Applications

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  • Creator edited by Romeela Mohee and Ackmez Mudhoo
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Hoboken, New Jersey : John Wiley & Sons, Inc. ; [2012] Salem, Massachusetts : Scrivener Publishing LLC, [2012] ©2012
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xxviii, 407 pages :) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 1118371267, 9781118371268, 9781118371220, 1118371224, 1118062841, 9781118062845, 9781118371268
  • OCLC ocn797858437


  • Sustainable development requires the development and promotion of environmental management and a constant search for green technologies to treat a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial habitats contaminated by increasing anthropogenic activities with the main sources of contaminants being the chemical industries. Bioremediation is a technique that uses living organisms in order to degrade or transform contaminants into their less toxic forms. It is based on the existence of microorganisms with capacity to attack the compounds on the enzymatic level. Bioremediation is an increasingly popular low.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Bioremediation and Sustainability Research and Applications; Contents; Preface; Acknowlegements; List of Contributors; 1. Elements of Sustainability and Bioremediation; The Sustainability, Remediation and Biotechnology Link; Features and Concepts in Sustainability; Sustainability and Scale of Environmental Pollution Clean-up; Biotechnology and Bioremediation; Environmental Pollution and Biotreatment Variants; Main Features of Bioremediation; Advantages of Bioremediation; Disadvantages of Bioremediation; General Approach to Bioremediation; In Situ Bioremediation Technologies; Bioventing
  • BiostimulationAir-sparging; Natural Attenuation; Landfarming; Phytoremediation; Ex Situ Bioremediation; Composting; Controlled Solid Phase Biotreatment; Slurry Phase Bioremediation; Anaerobic Digestion Processes; Principles of Anaerobic Digestion Processes; Pollutant Remediation by Anaerobic Processes; Biosorption of Heavy Metals; Science of Biosorption; Biosorption and Heavy Metal Removal; Factors Influencing Bioremediation Rates; pH; Temperature; Metals; Toxic Compounds; Water Content; Nutrient Availability; Bioavailability of Pollutants; Co-metabolism; Bioaugmentation
  • Trends in Bioremediation ResearchConcluding Note; Acknowledgements; References; 2. Natural Attenuation; The Natural Attenuation and Sustainability Link; Features and Concepts in Natural Attenuation; Site Assessment, Mass Assimilation and the Need for Active Remedies; Contaminant Transformation Under Natural Site Conditions; Monitoring for Natural Attenuation; Source Area Evaluation; Source Area and Plume Connection; Source Area Delineation and Source Mass Analysis; Source Area Mass Flux Analysis; Source Area Lifetime Estimates; Quantitative Analysis of Natural Attenuation Data
  • Plume Stability DeterminationThiessen Polygon Method; Contaminant Degradation Rate Estimates; Plume Response to Source Removal; Decision Making Regarding Source Area Treatment; Concluding Note; References; 3. Anaerobic Digestion Processes; Anaerobic Digestion Fundamentals; Microbial Populations; Operational Parameters; Nutrients; Inhibition; Applications; Renewable Energy; Waste Management; Nuisance Avoidance; Nutrient Management Plan; Frequency of Use; Project Development; Feedstock Characterization; Estimating Energy Potential; Biochemical Methane Potential; Pilot-Scale Testing; Design
  • SafetyAnaerobic Digestion Economics; Anaerobic Digestion Monitoring; Conclusions & Future Developments; References; 4. Biosurfactants: Synthesis, Properties and Applications in Environmental Bioremediation; Introduction; Enzymatic Syntheses of Surfactants; Enzymatic Synthesis of Monoglycerides; Enzymatic Synthesis of Sugar Esters; Enzymatic Synthesis of Fatty Amides; Enzymatic Synthesis of Alkyl Glycosides; Enzymatic Synthesis of Lysophospholipids; Microbial Synthesis of Biosurfactants; Surfactin; Sophorolipids; Rhamnolipids; Properties of Biosurfactants; Surface and Interface Activity
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