Microbiology and Biotechnology for a Sustainable Environment

Vikas Kumar, Gulab Singh and Neeraj K. Aggarwal (Editors)
Department of Biotechnology, M.M. University, Haryana, India

Series: Microbiology Research Advances, Recent Trends in Biotechnology
BISAC: SCI045000

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The precarious activities of human beings bring undesirable changes in the environment. The environment is degrading due to overpopulation, industrialization, heavy metals, pesticide, antibiotics, and other hazardous chemicals from one or more sources. As a result, humanity has to ponder over the condition of the environment, which is getting worse day by day. The more efforts humanity puts forward to control nature, the more environmental pollution increases, and because of this the future is getting more and more insecure. So, environmental protection is the primary concern for the future of humanity. There are vast scientific communities working towards the development of eco-technologies, which can improve environmental sustainability without hampering the development of society. Environmental sustainability defines how people should study and protect ecosystems, air quality, integrity and focus on the elements that place stress on the quality of the environment. The environmental protection agencies recognized that developing technology acts as a key to this sustainability and protecting the environment from damages that technological advances could potentially bring. Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology has emerged as very important and promising disciplines in the last two decades. Biotechnology has shown a great promise in solving a plethora of environmental problems. So, different authors regularly try to fill the gap of knowledge in this field. The major goal of Microbiology and Biotechnology for Sustainable Environment is to emphasize all the disciplines from the subject of environmental microbiology and biotechnology. This book fills a long felt gap in the field of environmental sustainability and presents chapters authored by most active researchers in this area. Considerable emphasis in the book is given on all the currently significant research topics/areas, which can be used in the future for the sustainable development of society through environmental protection. In addition, we have attempted to provide balanced coverage of advancements that have been achieved to protect the environment. So, we can anticipate that this book has valuable knowledge for all the academic levels, with the main emphases on scientific community. The leading researchers can find information about different approaches for environmental protection. This book will also prove as a valuable reference for graduate as well as post-graduate students to cover the syllabi related to technologies for environmental protection. The authors provide comprehensive, accessible and updated information to teachers, students and researchers in the fields of biotechnology, environmental science, microbiology, botany, zoology, environmental engineering and many other disciplines. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Chapter 1. The Role of Biotechnology in Environmental Sustainability
Vikas Kumar, Gulab Yadav, Neeraj K. Aggarwal, Parveen Surain, Romika Dhiman and Monika Sharma (Department of Biotechnology, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala (Haryana), India, and others)

Chapter 2. Phytoremediation: An Eco-Friendly Technology of the 21st Century
Sanjay Yadav, Pawan Kumar, J.P. Yadav (District Consultant, NPPCF Narnaul, Mahendergarh (Haryana), India, and others)

Chapter 3. Bacterial Assisted Phytoremediation: The Role of Plants and Rhizosphere Bacteria for Remediation of Industrial Pollutants
Vineet Kumar and Kshitij Singh (Department of Environmental Microbiology, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar (A Central) University, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), India)

Chapter 4. The Impact of Phytohormone and Plant Growth-Promoting Microbes against Abiotic Stress in Crop Plants for Sustainability
Pawan Kumar Yadav, Sandeep Kumar, Sanjay Yadav, Pritam Kumar, Sunil Kumar and R. K. Yadav (Lecturer in Biology, Nuh (Haryana), India, and others)

Chapter 5. The Structural Features of Enzymes Used in Biodegradation
Anchal Sharma, Anuj Tiwari, Praveen Kumar Srivastava and Deepak Chand Sharma (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee (Uttar Pradesh), India, and others)

Chapter 6. Heavy Metals in the Environment and Their Microbial Bioremediation
Ashwanti Devi, Indu Sharma, Mukesh Yadav, Nirmala Sehrawat and Vivek Singh (Department of Biotechnology, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala (Haryana) India, and others)

Chapter 7. Recent Innovative Approaches and Roles of Microbes Towards Eco-Friendly Remediation of Heavy Metals
Indu Sharma, Ashwanti Devi, Vikas Kumar, Vivek Singh and Rakesh (Department of Biotechnology, Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Ambala, (Haryana) India, and others)

Chapter 8. The Application of Microorganisms in Consolidated Bioprocessing of Biomass for Bioethanol Production
Anita Saini, Neeraj K. Aggarwal and Anita Yadav (Department of Microbiology, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra (Haryana), India)

Chapter 9. Applications of Microbial Technology in the Pulp and Paper Industry
Amit Kumar, Archana Gautam, Dharm Dutt, Mukesh Yadav, Nirmala Sehrawat and Pawan Kumar (Department of Paper Technology, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, Saharanpur Campus, Saharanpur (Uttar Pradesh), India)

Chapter 10. Environmental Management by Microbes through Poly â-Hydroxybutyrate Production
Gulab Singh, Vikas Kumar and Neeraj K. Aggarwal (Department of Biotechnology, Central University of Haryana, Jant-Pali,(Haryana) India, and others)

Chapter 11. The Role of Microbial Biosensors in Environmental Sustainability
Sachin Kumar, Ashish Kumar Singh, Rajni Sharma, Nirmala Sehrawat, Ashwanti Devi, Amit Kumar and Mukesh Yadav (Department of Bio-informatics, Janta Vedic College, Baghpat (Uttar Pradesh), India, and others)

About the Editors

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