The dramatic worldwide increase in the rate of human population has created severe environmental problems. Soil and ground water reservoirs have been polluted with pesticides, xenobiotics, agrochemicals, etc. The global consensus to eradicate inputs of toxic pollutants, which are perceived at being hazardous by consumers, have provided opportunities for the development of novel and benign sustainable environmental management strategies through exploitation of microorganisms.The future of next generation depends upon our ability to enhance resources without causing damage to environment. One of the strategies is the application of effective microorganisms which are beneficial to both ecosystem and farmers. The book contains seventeen chapters on various aspects of environmental microbiology and biotechnology. The chapters are devoted to abatement of pollutants generated by agriculturally contaminated soil, plastic waste from various industries.Some chapters are devoted to rhizobacteria because they are rich in rhizospheric soil and acts as source of nitrogen, phosphorus, phytohormones, enzymes, etc. They are commercialized in the market and have proved to be highly active even in soil polluted with chemicals. This book will certainly help the readers who have interest in the field of environment, microbiology, industrial engineering, biotechnology, botany, agricultural sciences and business and economics. This book deals with role of microbes as bio-resource or as a tool for industries.
Preface Editors Contributors 1. Bacterial Degradation of Phenol and Cyanide from Industrial Wastewater 2. Bioremediation of Pesticides by Microorganisms: General Aspects and Recent Advances 3. Microbial Biodegradation: - An Approach to Remediate Industrial Plastic waste 4. Lichen Biodeterioration studies in India: An overview 5. Bioremediation of contaminated soils using earthworms 6. Bioremediation and Cyanobacteria – an Overview 7. Role of Microbes in Bioremediation Technology 8. Unravelling the Potentiality of Microbial Inoculants in Phytonematode Management 9. Microbial Bioremediation of Azo textile Dye 10. Microbial Removal of Arsenic: An Overview 11. Response of ectomycorrhizal pine seedlings to heavy metal pollution in soil 12. Exploitation of Actinobacteria in Environmental Bioremediation 13. Ex-situ and in-situ Bioremediation of Petroleum contaminated sites – An integrative approach through Microbial Technology 14. Microbial degradation of Keratin And Keratinases 15. Rhizoremediation Mediated by Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR) 16. Cyanobacteria: An Agent of Heavy Metal Removal 17. Ecofriendly and Economically Viable Integrated Nutrient Management for Sustainable Agriculture Index
D.K. Maheshwari :- served as a lecturer in the department of Botany, D.A.V (PG) College, Muzaffarnagar and thereafter served as Reader in the Department of Microbiology, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. He joined Gurukul Kangri University, Haridwar as Professor in the year 1990 and served as Dean, Faculty of Life -Science (2004-2006). Prof. Maheshwari is an active member of several scientific bodies of international repute and in the board of panels of various academic and administrative bodies including UPSC and NAAC of Govt. of India. He has been elected as Editor of the Journal of Indian Botanical Society (199-2002) and he was awardee of young scientist "Prof. Y.S. Murthy Medal" for his outstanding contribution.R C Dubey :- Department of Botany & Microbiology earned M. Sc. and Ph. D. degrees from the Banaras Hindus University in 1981 and 1986, respectively. He served Kumaun University (Nainital) as lecturer from 1987 to 1996; thereafter, he joined Gurukul Kangri University (Haridwar) in 1996.