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Biodegradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds and Explosives

1st Edition

Edited by Jim C. Spain, Joseph B. Hughes, Hans-Joachim Knackmuss

CRC Press

456 pages

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Filled with practical applications and research, Biodegradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds and Explosives presents an international perspective on environmental contamination from explosives. It covers biodegradation strategies for DNT and a wide variety of other nitroaromatic compounds of environmental significance and makes the information accessible to practicing environmental and chemical engineers. Biodegradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds and Explosives gives you a synthesis of ongoing research and an appreciation of the remarkable range of biochemical strategies available for the transformation of nitroaromatic compounds. It provides a realistic assessment of the current and potential field applications of the various strategies.


"There is a tremendous need for [The Biodegradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds and Explosives]…brings together leading experts from the United States and Europe…His style makes it very easy for the reader to follow his logic and he presents his data in an easy to read format." -Neil Adrian, Ph.D., Environmental Scientist, USACERL

"Jim Spain is the best person to edit a book on nitroaromatic compounds. He is definitely an expert in the field." -Daniel R. Noguera, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"I think it is safe to say that [Jim Spain] is probably the world's foremost expert in this field. He has also done more than anyone else in synthesizing and analyzing the world's knowledge as it develops. His analyses have led the way in developing new approaches to gain new knowledge in this important field." -C. Herb Ward, Ph.D., M.P.H., Foyt Family Chair of Engineering, Director, Energy and Environmental Systems Institute, Rice University

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Table of Contents

Introduction, J.C. Spain

Strategies for Aerobic Degradation of Nitroaromatic Compounds by Bacteria: Process Discovery to Field Application, S.F. Nishimo, J.C. Spain, and Z. He

Molecular Biology of Nitroarene Degradation, R.E. Parales

Perspectives of Bioelimination of Polynitroaromatic Compounds, H. Lenke, C. Achtnich, and H-J. Knackmuss

Identification of Genes Involved in Picric Acid and 2,4-Dinitrophenol Degradation by mRNA Differential Display, R. Ross, D.M. Walters, H-J. Knackmuss, and P.E. Rouvière

Microbial Degradation of Mononitrophenols and Mononitrobenzoates, G.J. Zylstra, S-W. Bang, L.M. Newman, and L.L. Perry

The Role of Nitrate Ester Reductase Enzymes in the Biodegradation of Explosives, R.E. Williams and N.C. Bruce

Anaerobic Transformation of TNT by Clostridium, F. Ahmad and J.B. Hughes

Fungal Degradation of Explosives: TNT and Related Nitroaromatic Compounds, W. Fritsche, K. Scheibner, A. Herre, and M. Hofrichter

Phytoremediation and Plant Metabolism of Explosives and Nitroaromatic Compounds, J.G. Burken, J.V. Shanks, and P.L. Thompson

Biodegradation of RDX and HMX: From Basic Research to Field Application, J. Hawari

Subsurface Chemistry of Nitroaromatic Compounds, S.B. Haderlein, T.B. Hofstetter, and R.P. Schwartzenbach

Composting (Humification) of Nitroaromatic Compounds, D. Bruns-Nagel, K. Steinbach, D.Gemsa, and E. von Low

Application and Costs for Biological Treatment of Explosive-Contaminated Soils in the United States, D.E. Jerger and P.M. Woodhull

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Chemistry / General
SCIENCE / Environmental Science