Manual of Environmental Microbiology, Third Edition

Editors: Christon J. Hurst1,2, Ronald L. Crawford3, Jay L. Garland4, David A. Lipson5, Aaron L. Mills6, Linda D. Stetzenbach7
Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio; 2: Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad del Valle, Ciudad Universitaria Meléndez, Santiago de Cali, Colombia; 3: Environmental Biotechnology Institute, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho; 4: Dynamac Corporation, Kennedy Space Center, Florid; 5: Department of Biology, San Diego State University, San Diego, California; 6: Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; 7: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Content Type: Reference
Format: Electronic
Publication Year: 2007

Category: Environmental Microbiology

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The field of environmental microbiology addresses one of the world’s most important areas of scientific research: the roles that microbes play in all planetary environments. The is the only book to offer a comprehensive analysis of these critical environments. Thoroughly updated and revised, this third edition assembles in a single volume the most definitive information on microbes in air, water, and soil and their impact on human health and welfare.

In accessible, clear prose, the describes the natural activities and fate of microorganisms in the environment. This wealth of information is divided into 101 chapters, each written by experts. Five general areas detailed throughout this volume are: basic principles of environmental microbiology, general analytical methodologies, detection of microbial activity, the impact of microbial activity on the environment, and detection and control of pathogens in the environment.

The will serve as an indispensable 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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At A Glance

This manual summarizes the accumulation of information and knowledge of environmental microbiology in a single source. It details the natural fate of microorganisms in the environment as well as the intentional attempts to eliminate from the environment microorganisms that are, pathogenic to humans or to plants and animals. The basic principles of environmental microbiology and general analytical methodologies, common across the range of the environments covered, are presented first. The core sections are structured with regard to the type of environmental medium being discussed. This landmark effort defines the study of environmental microbiology as we know it today and serves as an essential contribution to the literature.


This edition of the American Society for Microbiology-sponsored Manual of Environmental Microbiology is written by more than 120 authors and is encyclopedic in scope.


Underlying the edition is the concept of the minimal functional unit of life: whether a living entity should be viewed mostly on its own merits or from the viewpoint of its role in an ecosystem. The authors explore multiple relationships involving members of taxonomic groups as to whether these relationships should be regarded as neutral, positive, or negative with regard to particular involved organisms. Lest this all appear too philosophical, like its antecedent volumes, this edition is still very technical and precise in its delivery of manual-type data.


This will likely be used as often by biosafety professionals as by those who teach or otherwise work with environmental organisms in research, production, and teaching.


The basic principles of environmental microbiology (section I) and general analytical methodologies (section II) tend to be common across the range of environments. The balance of the manual is structured into core sections according to the type of environmental medium under discussion. The subject of water, the hydrosphere, has been divided into two sections, one containing chapters which address the fact that water often serves as a vehicle in the transmission of pathogenic microbes (section III) and the other containing chapters on general aquatic ecology. The terrestrial environment of the lithosphere has been divided into soil and plant zone interactions (section V) and the microbiology of subsurface environments and landfills (section VI). While microbes are not known to colonize the atmosphere, air does serve as a vehicle for transport (section VII). Biotransformation and biodegradation are grouped in section VIII.


Those with the inclination to thoroughly explore the biologically philosophical question of "why organisms are where they are when they are there" will develop a considerable appreciation for this book. In fairness, this edition and the previous editions have been definitive references for methodologies pertinent to environmental media (water, air, and food sources of microorganisms). Given the publication of this edition, there is little doubt that there is considerable demand for this material. I loaned this book several times during my review and the comment that I kept getting was, "I used it...I found it useful...important." That about says it!

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Reviewer: J. Thomas Pierce, MBBS PhD (Navy Environmental Health Center)

Review Date: Unknown

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