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Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition

Editors: Marylynn V. Yates1, Cindy H. Nakatsu2, Robert V. Miller3, Suresh D. Pillai4
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Affiliations: 1: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, California; 2: Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana; 3: Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma; 4: National Center for Electron Beam Research, Departments of Poultry Science and Nutrition, and Food Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Content Type: Reference
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2016

Category: Environmental Microbiology

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The single most comprehensive resource for environmental microbiology

Environmental microbiology, the study of the roles that microbes play in all planetary environments, is one of the most important areas of scientific research. The Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Fourth Edition, provides comprehensive coverage of this critical and growing field.

Thoroughly updated and revised, the Manual is the definitive reference for information on microbes in air, water, and soil and their impact on human health and welfare. Written in accessible, clear prose, the manual covers four broad areas: general methodologies, environmental public health microbiology, microbial ecology, and biodegradation and biotransformation. This wealth of information is divided into 18 sections each containing chapters written by acknowledged topical experts from the international community.

Specifically, this new edition of the Manual

  • Incorporates a summary of the latest methodologies used to study microorganisms in various environments
  • Synthesizes the latest information on the assessment of microbial presence and microbial activity in natural and artificial environments
  • Contains completely new sections covering microbial risk assessment, quality control, and microbial source tracking

The Manual of Environmental Microbiology is an essential reference for environmental microbiologists, microbial ecologists, and environmental engineers, as well as those interested in human diseases, water and wastewater treatment, and biotechnology.

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 ©Doody’s Review

15 May 2017

This book covers microbes in air, water, and soil and their impact on human health and welfare. This edition provides critical updates regarding the microbial risk assessment process, a summary of updates to study environmental microorganisms, and the assessment of microbial presence in natural and built environments.

Environmental microbiology is part of the broader American Society for Microbiology. As such, the book provides critical references for practicing clinical and environmental microbiologists.

The composition of the senior editorial board serves as a guide to potential readership. Dr. Yates is in a department of environmental sciences (UC-Riverside), while Dr. Nakatsu serves in a department of agronomy (Purdue), Dr. Miller works in a department of microbiology and molecular genetics (Oklahoma State), and Dr. Pillai is posted at the National Center for Electron Beam Research (Texas A&M). The contributor list numbers over 180, spanning four continents and many sub-disciplines. I would expect the readership to derive from similar diverse affiliations. Water and wastewater specialists also will number among readers.

This book actually contains four volumes: general methodology (analytical detection to sample collection); environmental public health microbiology (surveying microorganisms in water, air, or soil); microbial ecology (means of classifying and explaining relationships); and bio degradation and bio transformation (transformations and degradation of natural- and man-made chemicals).

ASM Press has prepared a wonderful book essential to the science of environmental microbiologists, microbial ecologists, and environmental engineers. The new features in this edition justify this update. 

Reviewer: J. Thomas, Pierce Navy Environmental Health Center

Review Date: 12 May 2017

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