The third edition of Environmental Microbiology for Engineers explores the role that microorganisms play in the engineered protection and enhancement of an environment. Offering a perfect balance of microbiological knowledge and environmental biotechnology principles, it provides a practical understanding of microorganisms and their functions in the environment and in environmental engineering systems. The book also presents a quantitative description of applied microbiological processes and their engineering design. This updated edition includes all new information on construction biotechnology, biogeotechnical engineering, construction biomaterials, environmental engineering of life-support closed ecosystems, defense biotechnologies, and biosafety in civil and environmental engineering.


  • Classroom tested in universities as a primary course text for civil and environmental engineering students
  • Includes quizzes, problems, and solutions for better understanding of the material 
  • Covers essential topics such as the diversity and functions of microorganisms in the environment and environmental engineering systems, the structure and functions of microbial ecosystems, applied microbial genetics and molecular biology, environmental bioengineering, and more
  • Offers combined coverage of microbiology and biotechnology adapted for students in advanced civil and environmental engineering courses

Environmental Microbiology for Engineers provides a practical understanding of microorganisms in civil engineering processes and their functions in environmental engineering systems. It is intended for upper-level undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students of civil and environmental engineering. It is also useful for practicing environmental engineers working in the areas of wastewater, solid waste treatment, soil remediation, and ground improvement.   

chapter 1|20 pages


chapter 2|32 pages


chapter 3|16 pages


chapter 4|22 pages

Biooxidation and Bioreduction

chapter 5|20 pages


chapter 6|12 pages


chapter 7|12 pages

Cells and Cellular Aggregates

chapter 8|18 pages

Reproduction, Proliferation, and Growth

chapter 9|18 pages

Microbial Ecology

chapter 11|10 pages

Physiological Classification of Prokaryotes

chapter 12|8 pages

Groups of Anaerobic Fermenting Prokaryotes

chapter 13|10 pages

Anoxic Prokaryotes

chapter 15|10 pages

Aerobic Prokaryotes

chapter 16|16 pages

Microorganisms and Public Health

chapter 18|12 pages

Biotechnological Processes

chapter 19|10 pages

Microbiological Methods Used in Engineering

chapter 20|12 pages

Aquatic Ecosystems

chapter 21|14 pages

Biotreatment of Polluted Water

chapter 22|22 pages

Anaerobic and Anoxic Biotreatment of Waste

chapter 23|16 pages

Aerobic Biotreatment of Wastewater

chapter 24|12 pages

Value-Added Microbial Byproducts

chapter 25|14 pages

Biotreatment of Industrial Hazardous Wastes

chapter 26|12 pages

Solid Waste Biotreatment

chapter 27|10 pages

Bioremediation of Polluted Soil

chapter 29|6 pages

Microbiology of Air and Air Biotreatment

chapter 30|4 pages

Microbiology of Closed Ecosystems

chapter 32|54 pages

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