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Biotechnology impinges on everyone's lives. It is one of the major technologies of the twenty-first century with wide-ranging, multidisciplinary activities ranging from small entities of life to the application, and production of goods. Environmental biotechnology is a huge and fast growing field with increasing relevance for a sustainable development through protection of environment to production of biomaterials. It continues to revolutionize the understanding of basic life sustaining processes in the environment, identification and exploitation of the molecules, and its use to provide clean technologies and to deal with environmental problems.
This book provides an overview of basic processes of the environment, perturbations in the environment due to natural and human activities and use of biotechnological principles for remediation for sustainable development of the environment.
Indu Shekhar Thakur :- Indu Shekhar Thakur, is currently working as a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences of Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. He obtained Postgraduate degree from the School of Life Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Ph.D. degree from School of Environmental Sciences of the same University. He joined the Department of Environmental Sciences of G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar, Uttaranchal, India, as Assistant Professor (1987-1998) and Associate Professor (1998-2003). During the same period he joined Gesellschaft fur Biotechnologische Forschung mbH, (1992-1994) Braunschweig, Germany, as Postdoctoral BATI scientist, and developed biotechnological methods for degradation and bioremediation of chlorinated compounds in the environment. He also generated strain-specific monoclonal antibody probes against dioxin-degrading bacteria, Sphingomonas sp. RW1, and applied it for detection of bacterial strain for bioremediation of dioxin. Dr. Thakur is teaching different courses related to Environmental Sciences since last twenty three years. He published more than sixty research papers in peer reviewed International Journals and twenty in National Journals. In addition he also presented more than ninety papers in scientific conferences and project committee meetings. He deposited seventeen gene sequences in GenBank.