Traditionally the province of chemists, the problem of environmental pollution is increasingly being tackled using methodologies which have a biological basis. This 1998 volume provides a range of examples of how biotechnology can offer sensitive and ecologically relevant new ways of monitoring the presence of biohazards in our environment and, once detected, how these biohazards can be removed in an ecologically safe way through bioremediation. Additional chapters on economic, legislative and policy aspects set the topic in its social context, resulting in a broad-ranging volume of value to all those concerned with the science of ecologically effective environmental protection and management.
• International perspective - contributions from experts around the world • Interdisciplinary - chapters on policy, economics and legal aspects set the science in its social context • Pointed the way to future work
Foreword R. May; 1. The value of biomonitors in bioremediation strategies against ecotoxicants J. M. Lynch and A. Wiseman; Part I. Ocotoxicology and Biomonitoring: 2. Our environmental future - the role of science J. Krebs; 3. Pollution and its ecotoxicological consequences J. H. Koeman; 4. Advances in biomonitoring sensitivity and reliability in PAH-contaminated soil A. Wetzel; 5. Microbial parameters for monitoring soil pollution C. E. Pankhurst, S. L. Rogers and V. V. S. R. Gupta; 6. Release of genetically-modified microorganisms and biomonitoring F. A. A. M. De Leij, M. J. Bailey, J. M. Whipps, I. P. Thompson, P. A. Bramwell and J. M. Lynch; 7. Biomonitoring in the aqueous environment: use of cytochromes P450 and other molecular biomarkers in fish and mussels D. R. Livingstone and P. S. Goldfarb; Part II. Ecotoxicology and Bioremediation: 8. Use of non-indigenous organisms for bioremediation - the promise and the concerns R. Colwell; 9. Bioremediation case studies R. M. Atlas; 10. Utilisation of biocatalysts in cellulose waste minimisation J. Woodward and B. R. Evans; 11. Sensors for nitrogen-removal monitoring in waste-water treatment K. Gernaey, H. Bogarert, P. Vanrolleghem, L. Van Vooren and W. Verstraete; 12. Nitrogen fertilizer and ecotoxicology: global distribution of environmental pollution caused by food production; H. Kawashima, K. Okamoto, M. J. Bazin and J. M. Lynch; Part III. Biosafety Regulations and Economics: 13. Risk perception attitudes and defence strategies associated with toxic substances: the case of lead contamination in Hungary Z. Fuzesi, L. Tistyan and A. Vari; 14. Risk economics, risk assessment and legislation: methodology B. Nordenstam; 15. Environmental biomonitoring - legal problems world-wide S. Battersby; 16. Bioremediation - an economic perspective S. Shohet; Part IV. Directional-Pointers to Future Environmental Problems: 17. Development of 'Fail-Safe Strategies' to combat biohazards from environmental xenobiotics A. Wiseman and J. M. Lynch; Index.
Review of the hardback: 'It forms a valuable collection of up to date examples of emission control.' Waste Planning
Review of the hardback: 'All those involved, either directly or indirectly, in protecting the environment will derive considerable benefit from this publication.' JCTB D. Wilkie
Review of the hardback: 'It should therefore be on the library shelves of any institution where environmental biotechnology and ecotoxicology are taught. Biologist Ann Wood