760 pages | 150 B/W Illus.
Lessons in Environmental Microbiology provides an understanding of the microbial processes used in the environmental engineering and science fields. It examines both basic theory as well as the latest advancements in practical applications, including nutrient removal and recovery, methanogenesis, suspended growth bioreactors, and more. The information is presented in a very user-friendly manner; it is not assumed that readers are already experts in the field. It also offers a brief history of how microbiology relates to sanitary practice, and examines the lessons learned from the great epidemics of the past. Numerous worked example problems are presented in every chapter.
Introduction to Environmental Microbiology. Oxidation and Reduction – The Chemical Reactions of Life. The Chemistry of Carbon. Life and Energy – The Principles of Chemical and Photo Thermodynamics. Metabolic and Nutritional Classifications. The Synthesis Reactions of Microbial Life. Thermodynamics and Cell Yield. Historic Moments and Events in Microbiology and Public Health. The World of Microbes. Infectious Diseases of Importance to Public Health and Sanitary Practice. Biochemistry and Bioenergetics – The Molecules of Life. The Origin and Story of Life. Kinetics and Biodegradability. The Suspended Growth Bioreactor – Basic Concepts. Suspended Growth Bioreactors – Operational Considerations. Biological Nutrient Removal and Recovery. Anaerobic Processes for Methanogenesis. Biologically Induced Corrosion. Composting. Biological Odor Control. Microbial Ecology.