Environmental Microbiology of Aquatic and Waste Systems

Authors: Okafor, Nduka

  • Will appeal to a wide range of disciplines needing a grounding in aquatic microbiology
  • Presents the ideas in the coherent and unified manner required in undergraduate texts
  • Fills a gap in the literature by focusing on the basics
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About this Textbook

This book seeks to place the main actors in matters of environmental microbiology, namely the microorganisms, on center stage. Using the modern approach of 16S ribosomal RNA, the book looks, in great detail, at the taxonomy of marine and freshwater bacteria, fungi, protozoa, algae, viruses, and the smaller aquatic animals such as nematodes and rotifers, as well as at the study of unculturable aquatic microorganisms (metagenomics).

The peculiarities of water as an environment for microbial growth, and the influence of aquatic microorganisms on global climate and global recycling of nitrogen and sulphur are also examined. The pollution of water is explored in the context of self-purification of natural waters. Modern municipal water purification and disease transmission through water are discussed. Alternative methods for solid waste disposal are related to the economic capability of a society.

Viruses are given special attention because, until recently, it was thought they were not important in aquatic environments. The modern understanding is that they are not only abundant, but play a crucial role in the sustenance of the various components of the biological ecosystem in aquatic environments.

The book will be useful to a wide range of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as relevant practitioners in microbiology, general biology, environmental science, public health and civil (sanitary) engineering.

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“The author explores the environmental systems and links them with the ecology of microorganisms. … Each of the well-written topics presented contains current and practical information. The book is based on a course taught by the author; therefore, it is useful for both undergraduates and beginning graduate students in microbiology, public health, aquatic science, and civil/environmental engineering. The work is also valuable for practitioners lacking microbiology or biology backgrounds … . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (M. E. Lenczewski, Choice, Vol. 49 (7), March, 2012)

Table of contents (11 chapters)

  • Nature, Properties, and Distribution of Water

    Okafor, Nduka

    Pages 3-13

  • Peculiarities of Water as an Environmental Habitat for Microorganisms

    Okafor, Nduka

    Pages 15-29

  • Aspects of the Molecular Biology of Microorganisms of Relevance to the Aquatic Environment

    Okafor, Nduka

    Pages 33-45

  • Taxonomy, Physiology, and Ecology of Aquatic Microorganisms

    Okafor, Nduka

    Pages 47-107

  • Ecology of Microorganisms in Freshwater

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    Pages 111-122

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Environmental Microbiology of Aquatic and Waste Systems
Authors
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-1460-1
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-1460-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-1459-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9432-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 307
Topics