Editors: Bess B. Ward1, Daniel J. Arp2, Martin G. Klotz3
Affiliations: 1: Department of Geoscience, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey; 2: Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon; 3: Department of Biology, University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky
Content Type: Monograph
Format: Electronic, Hardcover
Publication Year: 2011

Category: Environmental Microbiology

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Over the past 15 years, the use of modern molecular biological approaches has radically advanced our understanding of nitrification processes. With chapters contributed by leading experts in the field, fully reviews all the latest research findings on microbes involved in conventional aerobic nitrification, anaerobic ammonia oxidation, and related processes.

The book begins with an overview of the current state of the field. Next, the four principal groups of nitrifying microbes are examined in separate sections, covering conventional aerobic bacterial ammonia oxidizers, recently discovered aerobic archaeal ammonia oxidizers, anaerobic ammonia-oxidizing planctomycetes, and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria. Within each section, readers can gather current information on the ecology, phylogeny, biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomics of each group of microbes. The authors also discuss the latest industrial applications of nitrification and anammox processes. The final section of the book explores the ecology of nitrification in marine, freshwater, soil, and wastewater environments.

By reviewing all aspects of nitrification in one place, introduces novices to the field and brings experienced researchers up to date with all the latest perspectives. Extensive references at the end of each chapter guide readers to the field’s growing body of primary research, making this book the ideal starting point for any investigation of nitrifying microbes.

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Microbiology Today

03 March 2013

Given the undoubted importance of nitrification to the global nitrogen cycle and its use as a model system it is surprising that the last volume dedicated to the process was published in 1986. This is especially so given the paradigm shifts in the understanding of ammonia oxidation including the discovery that the process can be performed outside of a limited range of bacteria and utilizing entirely new pathways. This book brings the research area up to date with a lucid and complete description and summary of the advances since the last volume including assessments of genomic, process and ecological areas. The layout of the chapters, each by field leaders, and overlapping nature of the presentation ensures that the book can be used either as a full introduction or the state-of-the-art for each process covered. This, with the high presentation standard, means that the book is suitable both for institutional libraries and for personal use.

Society for General Microbiology: Microbiology Today

Reviewer: Tim Daniell, The James Hutton Institute

Review Date: 2011

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