1st Edition

Microbes and Enzymes for Water Treatment and Remediation

Edited By Ashok Kumar Nadda, Priya Banerjee, Swati Sharma Copyright 2025
    248 Pages 43 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The introduction of emerging contaminants through anthropogenic activities and industrial discharges has raised significant public health concerns worldwide. Various techniques, including bioremediation, have been explored for their effectiveness in removing pollutants from water bodies and effluents. Microorganisms, particularly bacteria and fungi, have emerged as promising candidates for bioremediation due to their abundance, diversity, and ability to thrive under various conditions. Microbes and Enzymes for Water Treatment covers a range of topics, from the role of microorganisms and enzymes in efficient pollutant removal to recent advances in microbial immobilization and enzymatic systems for enhanced wastewater treatment. The book provides up-to-date insights into the potential of microbial and enzyme-based processes for wastewater treatment, addressing challenges and limitations while offering alternative methods for effluent treatment and water reclamation. It serves as a valuable resource for understanding the interplay between microbial, biological, and chemical components in the remediation of toxic aqueous pollutants, aiding both researchers and industrialists in advancing environmental stewardship efforts.

    • Offers comprehensive coverage of emerging contaminants and their impact on public health.
    • Provides in-depth exploration of bioremediation techniques utilizing microbial and enzymatic pathways.
    • Addresses the limitations and challenges of the existing microbial and enzyme-based processes for wastewater treatment.


    Chapter 1


    Microbial enzymes and their application in wastewater treatment

    Chapter 2

    Microbial technologies for the removal of pharmaceuticals and persistent organic pollutants from waste water

    Chapter 3

    Nano-carriers for enzyme/ microbe immobilization for wastewater treatment

    Chapter 4

    Accumulation and detoxification of aqueous pollutants by microbes/enzymes

    Chapter 5

    Sustainable wastewater treatment strategies: Towards a circular economy

    Chapter 6

    Advanced enzymatic systems for wastewater treatment: future prospects

    Chapter 7

    Problems of using wastewater in agriculture and mitigating them through microbial bioremediation

    Chapter 8

    Application of nano-biocatalysts and nanozymes in wastewater treatment

    Chapter 9

    Application of potential extremophilic bacteria for treatment of xenobiotic compounds present in effluents

    Chapter 10

    Microbial removal of endocrine disrupting chemicals from wastewater


    Ashok Kumar Nadda is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, Jaypee University of Information Technology, India. He completed his Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the Department of Biotechnology, Himachal Pradesh University, India. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the State Key Laboratory of Agricultural Microbiology, Huazhong Agricultural University, China. He also worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Konkuk University, South Korea. Dr. Ashok has a keen interest in microbial enzymes, immobilization of enzymes, nanobiotechnology, biocatalysis, wastewater management, biomass degradation, biofuel synthesis, and biotransformation. Dr. Ashok has published 58 research articles, 23 book chapters, and 5 books. He is also a member of the editorial board and reviewer committee of the various journals of international repute.


    Dr. Priya Banerjee is presently serving as Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies, Centre for Distance and Online Education, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata. She has completed her masters in Environmental Science from University of Calcutta, Kolkata. After qualifying UGC NET in Environmental Science, she completed her PhD research from the Department of Environmental Science, University of Calcutta, Kolkata. She has 31 research articles, 36 book chapters and 2 books to her credit. She has also participated in various national and international seminars till date and has received awards for best platform and poster presentations including the best poster presentation award at the 100th Indian Science Congress, held at Kolkata. Her current research interests include integrated wastewater treatment, synthesis and application of nanomaterials, and toxicology. She is also an active reviewer of many reputed national and international journals.


    Dr. Swati Sharma is working as assistant professor at University Institute of Biotechnology, Chandigarh University, India. She has been working in the field of food and environmental biotechnology for the last nine years. She has a keen interest in biopolymers, polymeric nanocomposites, waste management and wastewater treatment technologies. She completed her Ph.D. from University Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia. She worked as a visiting researcher in College of Life and Environmental Sciences at Konkuk University, South Korea. Dr. Sharma completed her master’s degree from Dr. Yashwant Singh Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, India. She has also worked as program co-coordinator at Himalayan action research center Dehradoon and Senior research fellow at India agricultural research institute. Dr. Sharma has published more than 40 research outputs in the form of research papers, review articles, books, book chapters and conference proceedings in reputed international journals. Presently, Dr. Sharma's research is in the field of bioplastics, hydrogels, keratin nano-fibers and nano-particles, biodegradable polymers and polymers with antioxidant and anti-cancerous activities and sponges.