Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 4th Edition.

ISBN: 9781555816025
ISBN-10: 1555816029
Copyright: 2016
Edition: 4th
Editor: Yates, Marylynn V., Nakatsu, Cindy H., Miller, Robert V., Pillai, Suresh D.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 99
Reviewer: John Pierce,  MBBS(MD) PhD  (Navy Environmental Health Center)
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 subdisciplines. 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 biodegradation and biotransformation (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.
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