Enzymes in the Environment: Activity, Ecology, and Applications

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Richard G. Burns, Richard P. Dick
CRC Press, Jan 29, 2002 - Science - 640 pages
The need to understand the biological processes that are important for essential aquatic and terrestrial ecosystem function has prompted much research into the field of ecological enzymology. This book presents the two broad areas of application in a compilation of reviews by 21 international experts in their respective fields. The first explores enzymatic activities to assess the processes or mechanisms that operate in a given system, such as the rhizosphere, plant leaves and shoots, soil surfaces, and biofilms. The second considers enzymes or microbial cells as sensors to detect microbial activity and stresses due to pollution, management, or climatic change in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

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Finally a book dedicated to the catalysts of life in the soil and, in turn, life on earth. This book does an excellent job summarizing/citing the scattered literature on environmental enzymes and has the top respective enzymologists giving chapter reviews. This book is a must for anyone studying the functionality and application of enzymes (but mostly pertains to soil). Also, the chapter reviews are written very well for cross-disciplinary use. Overall fantastic resource for my research.  

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Enzyme Activities and Microbiological and Biochemical Processes in Soil
Ecology of Microbial Enzymes in Lake Ecosystems
Ecological Significance of Bacterial Enzymes in the Marine Environment
Enzymes and Microorganisms in the Rhizosphere
Enzymes in the Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Symbiosis
Microbes and Enzymes Associated with Plant Surfaces
Microbial Enzymes in the Biocontrol of Plant Pathogens and Pests
Microbiology and Enzymology of Carbon and Nitrogen Cycling
Search for and Discovery of Microbial Enzymes from Thermally Extreme Environments in the Ocean
Molecular Methods for Assessing and Manipulating the Diversity of Microbial Populations and Processes
Bioindicators and Sensors of Soil Health and the Application of Geostatistics
Hydrolytic Enzyme Activities to Assess Soil Degradation and Recovery
Enzymatic Responses to Pollution in Sediments and Aquatic Systems
Microbial Dehalogenation Reactions in Microorganisms
Isolated Enzymes for the Transformation and Detoxification of Organic Pollutants
EnzymeMediated Transformations of Heavy MetalsMetalloids

Enzyme and Microbial Dynamics of Litter Decomposition
Fungal Communities Succession Enzymes and Decomposition
Enzyme Adsorption on Soil Mineral Surfaces and Consequences for the Catalytic Activity
Microbes and Enzymes in Biofilms
Enzymes in Soil

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Richard G. Burns is Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. The author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of over 100 research articles, book chapters and books, he is a member of the Society for General Microbiology, the International Union of Soil Sciences, the International Association on Water Quality, and the Society of Chemical Industry. A Chief Editor of Soil Biology & Biochemistry, he received the B.Sc. degree (1966) from the University of Wales, and the Ph.D. degree (1969) from the University of London, England. Richard P. Dick is Professor of Soil Science at Oregon State University, Corvallis. The author, coauthor, editor or coeditor of over 120 journal articles, invited proceedings, book chapters and books, he is a member of the Soil Science Society of America and the International Union of Soil Sciences, among others. A Fulbright Scholar and an associate editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal, he received the B.S. degree (1974) in plant science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, the M.S. degree (1977) in soil science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and the Ph.D. degree (1985) in soil science from Iowa State University, Ames.

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