Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology
"Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and therefore a basic human right" --Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General
Edited by two world-renowned scientists in the field, The Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology provides a definitive and comprehensive coverage of water and wastewater microbiology. With contributions from experts from around the world, this book gives a global perspective on the important issues faced in the provision of safe drinking water, the problems of dealing with aquatic pollution and the processes involved in wastewater management.
Starting with an introductory chapter of basic microbiological principles, The Handbook of Water and Wastewater Microbiology develops these principles further, ensuring that this is the essential text for process engineers with little microbiological experience and specialist microbiologists alike.
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In environments devoid of oxygen, many microorganisms can utilize electron
transport mechanisms for ATP synthesis, but they use alternate terminal electron
acceptors other than oxygen. This process is called anaerobic respiration.
As a general definition, with organic compounds as the electron donor and when
the terminal electron acceptor is available externally, the redox reactions are
called respiration. The nature of the terminal electron acceptor defines the kind of
A third Thiobacillus species, T. denitrificans, can utilize reduced sulphur, such as
S or sulphides (H2S, S2), as electron donor and nitrate or nitrite as electron
acceptor, with the reduced sulphur being oxidized to sulphate and the oxidized ...
pathway, where it captures the electrons (and protons) released in oxidation of
the organic substrate and the energy generation reactions, where it donates the
electrons to the terminal electron acceptor. In this process some of the energy ...
TABLE 9.2 Comparison of measured free energy transferred by different organics
with oxygen and nitrate as terminal electron acceptor (McCarty, 1972) Energy
source electron donor Energy transfer (kcal/e2) Electron acceptor Ratio Oxygen ...
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Part 2 Water and Excreta Related Diseases
Part 3 Microbiology of Wastewater Treatment
Part 4 Drinking Water Microbiology