Xenobiotic compounds including pesticides, nitrophenols, pyridine, polycyclic aromatic compounds and polychlorinated biphenyls are widely spread in environment due to anthropogenic activities. Most of them are highly toxic to living beings due to their mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. Therefore, the removal of these compounds from environment is an essential step for environmental sustainability. Microbial remediation has emerged as an effective technology for degradation of these xenobiotic compounds as microorganisms have unique ability to utilize these compounds as their sole source of carbon and energy. The primary goal of this book is to provide detailed information of microbial degradation of many xenobiotic compounds in various microorganisms.
Dr. Pankaj Kumar Arora is working as an Assistant Professor and DBT-Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellow at the Department of Environmental Microbiology, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University, Lucknow, India. Dr. Arora is also serving as an Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports, a journal of Nature Publishing Group, an Associate Editor for Frontiers in Microbiology and an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE. He is a recipient of several national awards and fellowships including Young Botanist Award (2012) of Indian Botanical Society, Dr. Y. S. Murty Medal (2015) of Indian Botanical Society and Ramalingaswami Re-entry fellowship (2018) of Department of Biotechnology. His specialization area is Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology and currently, Dr. Arora is working on biodegradation and bioremediation of various xenobiotic compounds including nitrophenols, chlorinated nitrophenols and indole. He completed his postdoctoral studies from University of Hyderabad, MJP Rohilkhand University, Bareilly and Yeungnam University, South Korea. He has total 36 publications in reputed journals and has eight years teaching and research experiences at national and international reputed institutes.