Reactions and Processes

Biodegradation and Persistence

Editors: Beek, B. (Ed.)

  • Up-to-date reviews on latest research on biodegradation

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Biodegradation is a key phenomenon among environmental processes. Low degradation rates lead to the persistance of chemicals in the environment and, as a consequence, to delayed or long-term effects, which may be even unknown by now. The persistance of these xenobiotics has become of a great public and political concern in recent years. This is, among others, reflected by the international activities of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) which mainly deals with the problems, risk assessment and environmental management of POPs (persistant organic pollutants), PEPs (persistant environmental pollutants) and PBTs (persistant bioaccumulative toxic substances). In this volume the editor has pulled together the newest results of research on biodegradation and persistance of potential environmentally harmful substances and the complex processes involved. One main focus is on the microbial degradation, the evolution and predictability of the respective pathways and their impact on bioremediation. Additional chapters deal with sewage treatment plants, the impact of toxicants on impaired biodegradation, and with the need of a more realistic view on fate and behaviour of chemicals in the environment.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Biodegradation Potentials of Microorganisms

    Reineke, Walter

    Pages 1-161

  • Biodegradation of Xenobiotics in Environment and Technosphere

    Bosma, Tom N. P. (et al.)

    Pages 163-202

  • Protozoa in Wastewater Treatment: Function and Importance

    Pauli, Wilfried (et al.)

    Pages 203-252

  • Predictability of Biodegradation on the Environment: Limits of Prediction from Experimental Data

    Wesnigk, Johanna B. (et al.)

    Pages 253-290

  • The Assessment of Biodegradation and Persistence

    Beek, Bernd (et al.)

    Pages 291-320

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biodegradation and Persistence
Editors
  • B. Beek
Series Title
Reactions and Processes
Series Volume
2 / 2K
Copyright
2001
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-540-68096-3
DOI
10.1007/10508767
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-14690-3
Series ISSN
1433-6839
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 327
Number of Illustrations and Tables
33 b/w illustrations
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