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Mycoremediation: Fungal Bioremediation Hardcover – November 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471755012 ISBN-10: 047175501X Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Interscience; 1 edition (November 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047175501X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471755012
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Useful for students, newcomers to the field, and teachers." (Mycological Research, July 2009)

"If you want to know about the latest in mycoengineering technologies, or what your mycoreactor should look like, this is the reference you've been looking for. Those interested in the theoretical underpinnings of mycoremediation, fungal metabolism or modeling approaches to fungal physiology will also learn much from this monumental work." (Inoculum, May 2008)

"The book is unique in its form, since it is the first encyclopedic examination of this topic ... .This book is recommended for scientists, engineers, regulatory experts and students working in the field of bioremediation and should be present in all libraries of universities and offices involved in waste management." (International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation, January 2008)

"A well written, extremely well referenced, comprehensive treatment of a formerly ... undeveloped topic." (Journal of Hazardous Materials, June 1, 2007)

"For the first time, readers have a single, cohesive presentation of the current state of the science that will serve as a springboard for future research and new innovations." (Journal of the American Water Resources Association, April 2007)

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Encyclopedic application of the state of the science in mycoremediation

This pioneering work, the first encyclopedic examination of the application of fungi in bioremediation, coincides with the rise of a new era in fungal technologies. For the first time, readers have a single, cohesive presentation of the current state of the science that will serve as a springboard for future research and new innovations. All aspects of this multidisciplinary field are covered, including degradative fungi, taxonomy, biochemistry, enzymology, reactor engineering, genetic engineering, and the ecology of biodegradation. Not only does the book provide a solid foundation in the theoretical underpinnings of mycoremediation, but it also features step-by-step guidance for a myriad of effective techniques to identify, select, and apply fungi towards the remediation of contaminated sites.

The book has a logical organization that first establishes a foundation in the fundamentals and then moves on to practical applications. Highlights of coverage include:

  • Introduction to fungal morphology, including analysis of morphology and growth measurement
  • Fungal treatment of industrial wastewaters and brewery and distillery wastes
  • Metabolic pathways and mechanisms of mycotransformation of petroleum hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls and dioxins, pesticides, phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and dyes
  • Role of fungal enzymes in the degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls, pesticides, phenols, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, lignin, effluents, and dyes
  • Applications of living and nonliving fungal biomass in metal biosorption
  • Use of mycorrhizal fungi in the uptake of toxic metals and degradation of xenobiotic organic compounds

Some 2,000 references enable readers to continue researching any individual topic in greater depth. Scientists, engineers, and students in the field of bioremediation should keep this book close at hand for its thorough discussion of what is known, how it is done, and what can be done in the field of mycoremediation.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jack on March 29, 2012
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I gifted this to myself as something to reference and read for fun after I began working in a mycology lab this semester researching the ability of a fungus to sequester some heavy metals. I love this book and find the compilation of information very valuable! Note that you should please take into account that I am extremely biased toward this area of research, which is completely justifiable given its implications. I appreciate the organization of the book as it breaks down the chapters based on applicability and properly references scholarly research chapter by chapter, so it makes it very easy to delve a little deeper if you want to know more. Keep in mind that this is an emerging area of research and a ton has been and/or is being conducted since this book was written just a few years ago. I'll keep my hopes up that it isn't too long before Harbhajan Singh makes another volume or a full-sized text book including much of the more recent research, because it is incredibly hard to keep up with everything that is being done around the globe. I assume if you're even looking to buy this book, that you probably already have an interest in mycology and mycoremediation, but if you just happened to stumble upon this, please do yourself and the rest of the world a favor by doing a little reading or video watching on the subject. Paul Stamets TED talk is always a fun place to start.
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