29 Best Books on Environmental Biotechnology

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Environmental Biotechnology, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Environmental Biotechnology Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Environmental Biotechnology below.

1. Environmental Biotechnology

1."Environmental Biotechnology: Concepts and Application" by Jordening H J and Winter J
“Environmental Biotechnology: Concepts and Applications 1st Edition” Book Review: This book covers topics needed to develop useful methodologies. The topics cover the biological, chemical and engineering essentials. The book provides elaborate explanations on treatments of wastewater, soil, solid waste and waste gas.

2."Environmental Biotechnology: Theory and Application" by Evans G M and Furlong J C
“Environmental Biotechnology: Theory and Application 1st Edition” Book Review: This book is designed for undergraduate and masters students in the field of environmental sciences. It is also useful for professionals dealing with waste; water management and water control. The book talks about potential and techniques in this field. The book contains a number of case studies to highlight the range of applications of biotechnology.

3."Environmental Biotechnology" by Bhattacharya B C and Banerjee R
“Environmental Biotechnology (Oxford Higher Education)” Book Review: The book begins with the discussion on developing strategies for a clean and friendly environment. The book provides definitions for all main items. It also includes a detailed discussion about the type of pollution and wastes. The book contains a separate chapter explaining the process of bioreactor designs. It also has case study to elaborate on certain topics.

4."Microbiology" by Pelczar M J
“Microbiology” Book Review: This book focuses on the importance of bringing together applied research with basic research for developmental programs. The book presents topics in a new format.

5."Environmental Biotechnology: Basic Concepts and Applications" by Indu Shekhar Thakur
“Environmental Biotechnology: Basic Concepts and Applications, Second Edition” Book Review: This book provides the reader with the basic idea of the environment. The book also discusses the role of biotechnology principles for a sustainable environment.

6."Environmental Biotechnology" by V Kumaresan and N Arumugam
7."Environmental Biotechnology" by Perry L McCarty and Bruce E Rittmann
“Environmental Biotechnology” Book Review: This book brings together the many aspects of environmental biotechnology. The book discusses the basic tools, principles and application in its initial chapters. Certain special features are also highlighted in the book.

8."Textbook of Environmental Biotechnology" by P K Mohapatra
“Textbook of Environmental Biotechnology” Book Review: This book is designed for students and researchers in this field. The book gives an overview of the various aspects of biotechnology, it also highlights the new techniques and processes dealing with environmental pollutants. The book has a detailed reference section for additional material. It covers new techniques ranging from Use of endemic or exotic biota as a nutrient filter to advanced techniques to study environmental contamination.

9."Environmental Biotechnology" by T Srinivas
“Environmental Biotechnology” Book Review: This book is designed for undergraduate students of Biotechnology, Chemical and Civil Engineering. It is also useful for postgraduate students in the field of environmental sciences. The book discusses topics related to biological treatment methods. Principles of bioremediation are also discussed in brief.

10."Environmental Biotechnology" by S K Agarwal

2. Biotechnology for Environmental Remediation

1."Environmental Remediation Technologies for Metal-Contaminated Soils" by Hiroshi Hasegawa and Ismail M M Rahman
“Environmental Remediation Technologies for Metal-Contaminated Soils” Book Review: This book presents a detailed description of remediation techniques for metal-contaminated soils derived from both natural processes and anthropogenic activities. Book starts by overviewing the origin of toxicants and the correlated comparative extent of contamination to the environment. The legal provisions as proposed or applied in different countries are then discussed to explain the global regulatory situation regarding soil contamination and the extent of consequent concern. The core part of this describes the major techniques for in situ or ex situ treatment of the contaminated soil to meet the regulatory limits. Finally, risk evaluation is incorporated, giving special attention to possible impacts during or after implementation of the remediation strategies. This book is for readers such as scientists and regulators to understand the details of the remediation techniques available to deal with the soils contaminated by toxic metals.

2."Environmental Biotechnology" by M H Fulekar
“Environmental Biotechnology” Book Review: This book provides information essential to students taking courses in biotechnology as part of environmental sciences, environmental management, or environmental biology programs. It is also suitable for those studying water, waste management, and pollution abatement. Topics include biodiversity, renewable energy, bioremediation technology, recombinant DNA technology, genetic engineering, solid waste management, composting, vermicomposting, biofertilizer, chemical pesticides, biological control of pests, and genetically modified organisms. The book also discusses bioethics and risk assessment, intellectual property rights, environmental cleanup technologies, and environmental nanotechnology.

3."Wastewater Treatment with Algae (Biotechnology Intelligence Unit)" by Yuk Shan Wong and Nora F Y Tam
“Wastewater Treatment with Algae (Biotechnology Intelligence Unit)” Book Review: This book serves as a handbook for environmental scientists and engineers to discuss the development of new approaches and methodologies which utilize microalgae for biological wastewater treatment. The researchers report their recent findings on microalgal removal of nutrients, heavy metals and other organic pollutants from sewage and industrial effluents. The technologies discussed here include biosorption and bioaccumulation of heavy metals, cell immobilization of algae, and mathematical modelling of metal uptake by cells.

4."Physicochemical Groundwater Remediation" by James A Smith and Susan E Burns
“Physicochemical Groundwater Remediation” Book Review: The book contains detailed information on multiple emerging technologies for the remediation of the contaminated subsurface environment. About mobilizing non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) without risking significant downward migration of the NAPL, processes such as electroosmosis and electromigration can be exploited for groundwater remediation purposes and how zero-valent iron and zeolite treatment walls can be used in situ to treat and control contaminant plume migration, cleaning up of contaminated soil and groundwater and new developments in remediation research.

5."Microbial Biotechnology- A Laboratory Manual for Bacterial Systems" by Surajit Das and Hirak Ranjan Dash
“Microbial Biotechnology- A Laboratory Manual for Bacterial Systems” Book Review: This book refers to the field of research on bacterial systems. It summarizes the experimental setups required for applied microbiological studies. The book describes many experiments covering the basic microbiological experiments to the applications of microbial systems for advanced research. Book is related to multiple branches like molecular biology, genetics, and pathology and the volume should prove to be a valuable laboratory resource in clinical and environmental microbiology, microbial genetics and agricultural research. Roles of each reagent to be used in each experiment have been described. Each experiment has been equipped with the coloured illustrations for proper understanding of the concept. Trouble-shootings at the end of each experiment. Flow-chart of each experiment are also included in the book.

6."Nanotechnologies for Environmental Remediation: Applications and Implications" by Giusy Lofrano and Giovanni Libralato
“Nanotechnologies for Environmental Remediation: Applications and Implications” Book Review: This book discusses the principles of green chemistry and green engineering an international team of investigators present significant recent developments in applying nanoscience, nanoengineering, and nanotechnology to the area of environmental remediation. The opening chapters introduce candidate nanomaterials, properties, mechanisms that enable the applications, the advantages and limitations compared to existing processes and commercial research requirements. It then explores the detection and application of nanomaterials in photocatalytic processes and as adsorbents, and also covers the effect of nanoparticles in the activated sludge process. Later chapters focus on the effects of nanoparticles on crops, the risks associated with the presence of nanoparticles in the environment, and lastly the environmental effects of nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) on land remediation.

7."Biotechnology for the Environment: Soil Remediation (Focus on Biotechnology)" by Walter Reineke and Spiros Agathos
“Biotechnology for the Environment: Soil Remediation (Focus on Biotechnology)” Book Review: The book includes environmental biotechnology both in emerging and in more mature technological applications of soil remediation and cleanup of contaminated sites, harnessing the potential of microorganisms and plants as eco-efficient and robust cleanup agents in a variety of practical situations. Chapters are featured on current experience and trends in bioremediation of contaminated soil, life cycle assessment software tools for remediation planning, ex situ cleanup technologies using slurry reactors, implementation of anaerobic and aerobic in situ processes including monitored natural attenuation, complementary technologies on pesticide immobilisation in soil or humification of nitroaromatics, and, finally, phytoremediation of recalcitrant organic compounds and heavy metals.

8."Applied Biotechnology for Site Remediation" by Battelle Memorial In
“Applied Biotechnology for Site Remediation” Book Review: This book presents methods and techniques demonstrating new applications for biotechnology to remediate contaminated sites. Researchers and practitioners world-wide share their collective evidence to demonstrate how biotechnology works, both alone and in combination with other remediation techniques. This book is for engineers and environmental practitioners in the planning of effective and economical remediation strategies.

9."New and Future Developments in Catalysis: Catalysis for Remediation and Environmental Concerns" by Steven L Suib
“New and Future Developments in Catalysis: Catalysis for Remediation and Environmental Concerns” Book Review: The book includes new and future developments in catalysis that compile the latest ideas concerning alternate and renewable energy sources and the role that catalysis plays in converting new renewable feedstock into biofuels and biochemicals. Both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts and catalytic processes are also discussed in detail. This volume lists all current environmentally friendly catalytic chemical processes used for environmental remediation and critically compares their economic viability.

10."Soil Remediation and Plants: Prospects and Challenges" by Khalid Hakeem and Muhammad Sabir
“Soil Remediation and Plants: Prospects and Challenges” Book Review: The book provides an overview of ecosystem approaches and phytotechnologies and their cumulative significance in relation to solving various environmental problems. Identifies the molecular mechanisms through which plants are able to remediate pollutants from the soil. Examines the challenges and possibilities towards the various phytoremediation candidates. Includes the latest research and ongoing progress in phytoremediation. Platform for biologists, agricultural engineers, environmental scientists, and chemists, working with a common aim of finding sustainable solutions to various environmental issues.


3. Application of Biotechnology in Environmental Engineering

1."In vitro Environmental Toxicology - Concepts, Application and Assessment (Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology Book 157)" by Georg Reifferscheid and Sebastian Buchinger
“In vitro Environmental Toxicology – Concepts, Application and Assessment (Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology Book 157)” Book Review: This book covers current trends in modern biotechnology. It focuses on all aspects of this interdisciplinary technology. Here knowledge, methods and expertise are needed from chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology. These methods are also needed from genetics, chemical engineering and computer science. It provides the information about developments in the respective field over the past 3-5 years. This book discusses the new discoveries and applications.

2."Soluble Bio-based Substances Isolated From Urban Wastes: Environmental Applications (SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science)" by Antonio Arques and Alessandra Bianco Prevot
“Soluble Bio-based Substances Isolated From Urban Wastes: Environmental Applications (SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science)” Book Review: This book contains a brief summary of the soluble bio-based substances (SBO) field. It discusses the SBO process development, characterization and scale-up. This book provides the use of SBOs in wastewater treatment in the context of ‘green’ processes. SBOs role as humic-like substances, and their potential use as photocatalysts for the degradation of pollutants present in aqueous solutions. It also contains the role of SBOs as complexing agents for iron ions in the implementation of the photo-Fenton processes. In this book, SBOs are showcased in their capacity as organic component alternatives.

3."Electrical Phenomena at Interfaces and Biointerfaces: Fundamentals and Applications in Nano-, Bio-, and Environmental Sciences" by Hiroyuki Ohshima
“Electrical Phenomena at Interfaces and Biointerfaces: Fundamentals and Applications in Nano-, Bio-, and Environmental Sciences” Book Review: This book goes over three different fields. These fields include nanoscience, bioscience, and environmental sciences. It provides fundamental electrostatics at interfaces. This book covers the fundamental theories dealing with electrical double layers around a charged particle, electrokinetics. It discusses the electrical double layer interaction between charged particles. The fundamentals are provided as the basis of sections two, three, and four. These sections address electrokinetic phenomena that occur in nanoscience, bioscience, and environmental science. This book discusses the applications in nanomaterials, fuel cells, electronic materials, biomaterials, etc.

4."Bio-pigmentation and Biotechnological Implementations" by Om V Singh
“Bio-pigmentation and Biotechnological Implementations” Book Review: This book deals with the microbial uniqueness of coloration in a variety of food, feed and pharmaceuticals. It discusses the basic science behind bio-pigmentation. The latest advances in the field are provided in this book. It explains the detection strategies for identifying color producing microorganisms under varying environmental conditions. This book covers color producing extremophiles. It also offers fascinating insights into color production as a stress response in extremophiles. It describes microbial molecular mechanisms of color production. This book discusses the color production as secondary metabolites under environmental stress.

5."Biosystems Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)" by Ahindra Nag
“Biosystems Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)” Book Review: This book provides information about genetic data, design ecosystem models. It discusses implementing conservation strategies, harnessing biofuels, and ensuring food safety. This book covers transgenic wood production, package engineering. It also explains the supercritical fluid extraction, and agricultural land management is included. This book helps in understanding the use of microarray technology to classify genes and construct databases. It discusses the mathematical models and computer simulations of ecosystems.

6."Technological Systems in the Bio Industries: An International Study (Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation)" by B Carlsson
“Technological Systems in the Bio Industries: An International Study (Economics of Science, Technology and Innovation)” Book Review: This book presents a collective, interdisciplinary, and systematic effort to understand the nature and role of technological change. This change is discussed in a rapidly evolving arena of economic activity. This can be loosely referred to as the bio industries. The industries cover biomedical industries that deliver goods and services. It is also used in health care, involving those based on genetic engineering. This book also includes applications of biotechnology in other industries. These industries include agriculture, food production, and the forest industries.

7."Bio-Based Plastics: Materials and Applications (Wiley Series in Renewable Resource)" by Stephan Kabasci
“Bio-Based Plastics: Materials and Applications (Wiley Series in Renewable Resource)” Book Review: This book provides sources from where energy can be generated. It discusses the sources that are suitable for respective applications. This book provides an updated aspect of bioplastics, focusing primarily on thermoplastic polymers for material use. It highlights the materials in use. It also focuses on remarkable potential for future applications. This book includes the most important biopolymer classes. These classes cover polysaccharides, lignin, proteins and polyhydroxyalkanoates as raw materials for bio-based plastics. It also contains materials derived from bio-based monomers like lipids, poly(lactic acid), polyesters, polyamides and polyolefins. It also provides information about availability of renewable raw materials, the importance of bio-based content, etc. It also focuses on the technological issues that need to be addressed for any new fuel source.

8."Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Bioprocesses, Bioreactors and Controls" by Guocheng Du and M Angeles Sanroman
“Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering: Bioprocesses, Bioreactors and Controls” Book Review: This book covers new developments, state-of-the-art technologies, and potential future trends. It reviews industrial biotechnology and bioengineering practices that facilitate and enhance the transition of processes. These processes are done from lab to plant scale. This book focuses on industrial bioprocesses, bioreactors for bioprocesses, and controls for bioprocesses. It includes industrial practice to identify bottlenecks and propose solutions. This book emphasizes the optimal control of a bioprocess. This includes not only maximization of product yield, but also taking into account parameters.

9."Biofuels: Production, Application and Development (Cabi)" by Alan Scragg
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