Biotechnology is a set of powerful tools based on biological knowledge. Mastery of these tools will ultimately touch every facet of human life from the food we eat and the water we drink to the energy that fuels our machines and the materials from which they are constructed. A vigorous and broadly based science and engineering research enterprises is essential if we are to realize the full economic and social benefits of biotechnology. This book addresses an important additional facet of biotechnology, namely, the processes and technologies applicable to the liquid, solid, and gaseous waste treatments that are crucial to an industrialized society. Without mandatory regulations and their enforcement, safe and effective treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial wastes make the differences between wealthy industrialized and poor developing countries.
This book provides essential reading material for undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, academicians and scientists taking modules in biotechnology as part of environmental sciences, environmental management and environmental biology programs. It is also suitable for professionals involved with water, waste management and pollution abatement.