Environmental Microbiology Second Edition
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The bestselling reference on environmental microbiology—now in a new edition

This is the long-awaited and much-anticipated revision of the bestselling text and reference. Based on the latest information and investigative techniques from molecular biology and genetics, this Second Edition offers an in-depth examination of the role of microbiological processes related to environmental deterioration with an emphasis on the detection and control of environmental contaminants. Its goal is to further our understanding of the complex microbial processes underlying environmental degradation, its detection and control, and ultimately, its prevention.

Features new to this edition include:

  • A completely new organization with topics such as pathogens in developing countries, effects of genetically modified crops on microbial communities, and transformations of toxic metals
  • Comprehensive coverage of key topics such as bacteria in the greenhouse and low-energy waste treatment
  • New coverage relating core book content to local, regional, and global environmental problems

Environmental Microbiology, Second Edition is essential reading for environmental microbiologists and engineers, general environmental scientists, chemists, and chemical engineers who are interested in key current subjects in environmental microbiology. It is also appropriate as a textbook for courses in environmental science, chemistry, engineering, and microbial ecology at the advanced undergraduate and graduate levels.


Ralph Mitchell, PhD, is Gordon McKay Professor of Applied Biology in the Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, and also Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology there. He is the author of over 200 publications in scientific journals, as well as many book chapters.




1 Bacteria in the Greenhouse: Marine Microbes and Climate Change (Hugh W. Ducklow, Xosé Anxelu G. Morán, and Alison E. Murray).

2 Control of Waterborne Pathogens in Developing Countries (Tim Ford and Steve Hamner).

3 New Molecular Methods for Detection of Waterborne Pathogens (Alison M. Cupples, Joan B. Rose, and Irene Xagoraraki).

4 Microbial Transformations of Radionuclides in the Subsurface (Matthew J. Marshall, Alexander S. Beliaev, and James K. Fredrickson).

5 Eutrophication of Estuarine and Coastal Ecosystems (Nancy N. Rabalais).

6 Microbial Deterioration of Cultural Heritage Materials (Christopher J. McNamara, Nick Konkol, and Ralph Mitchell).

7 Sorption and Transformation of Toxic Metals by Microorganisms (Xu Han and Ji-Dong Gu).

8 Bioremediation of Hazardous Organics (Jennifer G. Becker and Eric A. Seagren).

9 Biosensors as Environmental Monitors (Steven Ripp, Melanie L. DiClaudio, and Gary S. Sayler).

10 Effects of Genetically Modified Plants on Soil Microorganisms (Nicole Weinert, Remo Meincke, Michael Schloter, Gabriele Berg, and Kornelia Smalla).

11 Anaerobic Digestion of Agricultural Residues (Vincent O’Flaherty, Gavin Collins, and Thérése Mahony).

12 Anaerobic Biodegradation of Solid Waste (Morton A. Barlaz, Bryan F. Staley, and Francis L. de los Reyes III).

13 Low-Energy Wastewater Treatment: Strategies and Technologies (Thomas P. Curtis).

14 Bioremediated Geomechanical Processes (Eric A. Seagren and Ahmet H. Aydilek).