Enzymes in the Environment: Activity, Ecology, and Applications

Richard G. Burns, Richard P. Dick

January 29, 2002 by CRC Press
Reference - 640 Pages
ISBN 9780824706142 - CAT# DK1849
Series: Books in Soils, Plants, and the Environment

USD$319.00

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Features

  • Combines the work of 21 international experts in ecological enzymology
  • Surveys the intra- and extra-cellular behavior of enzymes in soils and aquatic systems
  • Discusses microbe-plant symbioses, controlling plant pathogens, and organic matter decomposition and its impact on local and global carbon and nitrogen cycles
  • Explores detection applications, such as assessing nutrient turnover, soil health and the presence of plant pathogens, and the progress of remediation of polluted soils and waters
  • Summary

    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.