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Environmental Biotechnology

Pratham Vashisth (Author)

Over the last 150 years many national governments have been concerned about pollution and have attempted to control it with legislative action. Many of the processes currently used by public agencies and industry for the treatment of effluents, residues and contaminated environments rely heavily on microbial control of pollution is not a new topic. Environmental biotechnology can be defined as a discipline that studies the application of biotechnology to solve environmental problems. While it encompasses the traditional processes of potable water production, wastewater purification, solid waste treatment and soil and sediment clean up, it also includes newer developments such as the use of bio-pesticides, bio-remediation of recalcitrant pollutants and biosensors for environmental monitoring. At present, the world is facing a number of formidable environmental problems including acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer, the disposal of animal waste, enrichment of ground and surface waters with nutrients and recalcitrant pesticides and metals. These problems can no longer be solved by a limited number of straightforward techniques, but require an integrated approach based on technology, as well as a detailed knowledge of environmental biology and ecology. This book sums up the concepts of environmental Biotechnology and is a valuable source of information.

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About the author

Pratham Vashisth

Pratham Vashisth (b. 1960) is a biochemist by profession. He obtained a doctorate in the subject from the University of Dresden and was one of the few scientists to have been invited by the Max Planck Insitute's 'Ecole de Biotechnologia for a one year research programme in chemical neutralisers and anti-corrosives. His services were requisitioned by the Government of India and ONGC for counteractive research against oil spills on the high seas. He sepcialise in marine pollution research and also advises the Fisheries Department of Maharashtra and Karnataka in aquaculture parameters.

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Bibliographic information

Title Environmental Biotechnology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178882612
length 256p., Figures; 23cm.