New bioenergy e-book: “Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology”

June 29th, 2010
Recently purchased as an online e-book, the Handbook of Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology is a comprehensive interdisciplinary resource concerning the interactions of microbes with hydrophobic compounds, including petroleum oil and industrial pollutants.
Nearly 5,000 pages in length (fully searchable), it covers the current knowledge on the diverse and multifaceted aspects of hydrocarbon and lipid microbiology and notes critical knowledge gaps in an effort to actively promote new research.
In fact, second- and third-generation biofuels research currently taking place at the UW-Madison involves just such compounds.  This e-book would also be of interest to researchers focused on membrane biology and general microbiology.
To quote the preface, this handbook attempts to “cover the exceptional range of cellular, population and community activities of microbes interacting with the major hydrophobic organics found in the biosphere and to encapsulate the consequences of such interactions for the health and disease of microbes, higher organisms and the environment, as well as the beneficial applications that have been or can be developed therefrom.”
Volume 1: Hydrocarbons, oils and lipids: Diversity, properties and formation
Volume 2: Microbial utilization of hydrocarbons, oils and lipids
Volume 3: Microbes and communities utilizing hydrocarbons, oils and lipids
Volume 4: Consequences of microbial interactions with hydrocarbons, oils and lipids
Volume 5: Experimental protocols and appendices
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