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Aquatic Biofilms

Anna M. Romaní, Helena Guasch and M. Dolors Balaguer present a new book on Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment
This book is a concise review of the current knowledge on aquatic biofilms with an emphasis on the characteristics and ecology of biofilms in natural ecosystems and a focus on biofilm applications linked to water pollution problems. The volume is divided into three sections: Biofilms Mode of Life; Biofilms and Pollution; and New Technologies using Biofilms. In the first section the aquatic biofilm mode of life is described and reviewed. Key aspects covered include the three-dimensional structure and cell to cell communication of biofilms, their dynamic prokaryotic diversity and their vital role in biogeochemical cycles. In the second part of the book the use of biofilms in water quality is comprehensively covered. Chapters discuss biofilms in water quality, environmental risk assessment, monitoring and ecotoxicological approaches. Further topics include biofilm development in sewage pipes and the potential for microbial transformations in these systems. The final section focuses on important examples of novel technologies based on biofilms for water treatment, including the biodegradation of pollutants, the application of bioelectrogenic biofilms, and the biofilm capacity for nitrogen removal. With contributions from ecologists, engineers and microbiologists this book presents scientists and technicians with up-to-date knowledge and a clear understanding of aquatic biofilms from different and complementary points of view. An essential reference book for anyone working with biofilms. read more ...
Aquatic Biofilms: Ecology, Water Quality and Wastewater Treatment
Edited by: Anna M. Romaní, Helena Guasch and M. Dolors Balaguer
Caister Academic Press
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-910190-17-3 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-18-0 £159, $319
Aquatic biofilms with an emphasis on the characteristics and ecology of biofilms in natural ecosystems and a focus on biofilm applications linked to water pollution problems. read more ...
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Corynebacterium glutamicum

Andreas Burkovski (Erlangen, Germany) presents a new publication on Corynebacterium glutamicum

Written by a team of prominent scientists and containing practical information and state-of-the-art science. Essential handbook for everyone working with Corynebacterium and related organisms read more ...

Corynebacterium glutamicum: From Systems Biology to Biotechnological Applications (2015)
A comprehensive overview of C. glutamicum systems biology and biotechnological applications including: proteomics; flux analysis technology; metabolic engineering; manipulation of nitrogen metabolism; transport, degradation and assimilation of aromatic compounds; engineering for production of organic acids and alcohols; production of polyesters; biotechnological applications, biosensors.

Table of contents:
Trends in Corynebacterium glutamicum Research and Application
Proteomics of Corynebacterium glutamicum
Developing Interpretation of Intracellular Metabolism of Corynebacterium glutamicum by Using Flux Analysis Technology
Growth and Production Capabilities of Corynebacterium glutamicum: Interrogating a Genome-scale Metabolic Network Model
Metabolic Engineering of Corynebacterium glutamicum for Alternative Carbon Source Utilization
Manipulation of Nitrogen Metabolism and Alternative Nitrogen Sources for Corynebacterium glutamicum
Transport, Degradation and Assimilation of Aromatic Compounds and their Regulation in Corynebacterium glutamicum
Engineering Corynebacterium glutamicum for Production of Organic Acids and Alcohols
Microbial Factory for the Production of Polyesters: A New Platform of Corynebacterium glutamicum
Biotechnological Application of Corynebacterium glutamicum Under Oxygen Deprivation
Corynebacterium glutamicum as a Platform Organism for the Secretory Production of Heterologous Proteins
Genetically-encoded Biosensors for Strain Development and Single Cell Analysis of Corynebacterium glutamicum

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Biofuels: From Microbes to Molecules (2014)
A panel of international experts reviews the most important hot-topics in this area. Biofuel molecules covered include: hydrogen, methane, ethanol, butanol, higher chain alcohols, isoprenoids and fatty acid derivatives. Special focus is given to the use of metabolic engineering of microbes, including bacteria, yeast and microalgae, to enhance biofuel production.

Thermophilic Microorganisms (2015)
Leading scientists highlight the current research on thermophilic microorganisms providing a timely overview of the field and covering the ecology, enzymology and genetics of thermophiles.

The Cell Biology of Cyanobacteria (2014)
Leading senior scientists and young researchers review the current key topics in cyanobacterial cell biology to provide a timely overview.Topics covered include: historical background; cell division; the cell envelope; the thylakoid membrane; protein targeting, transport and translocation; chromatic acclimation; the carboxysome; glycogen as a dynamic storage of photosynthetically fixed carbon; cyanophycin; gas vesicles; motility in unicellular and filamentous cyanobacteria; cellular differentiation in filamentous cyanobacteria; and cell-cell joining proteins in heterocyst-forming cyanobacteria.

Applications of Molecular Microbiological Methods (2014)
Review of emerging molecular methods that allow the diversity of a microbial community to be surveyed and its functions to be investigated. Examples of the application of molecular microbiological methods in various industrial applications, medical settings and in microbial communities in natural environments. Includes metagenomics, stable isotope probing, fluorescence in situ hybridization, quantitative PCR, reverse transcription PCR and single cell methods.

Bacterial Membranes: Structural and Molecular Biology
A comprehensive overview of the structural and molecular biology of cellular processes that occur at or near bacterial membranes. The recent progress on the function and involvement of membranes in bacterial physiology enabling a greater understanding of the molecular details of the cell envelope, its biogenesis and function. Topics include: cell wall growth, shape and division, outer membrane protein biosynthesis, bacterial lipoproteins, mycobacteria, lipid composition, ABC transporters, transport across the outer membrane, drug passage across membranes, bacterial membrane proteins, secretion systems, signal transduction, signalling mechanisms, bacterial membranes in adhesion and pathogenesis, and membranes as a drug target.

Corynebacteria: Genomics and Molecular Biology
Leading Corynebacteria experts provide a description of the current state-of-the-art molecular biology toolbox available for Corynebacterium research, including global analyses techniques such as comparative genomics, transcriptome, proteome and metabolome analysis as well as the most recent knowledge on Corynebacterium promoter structures and vector systems. Furthermore, topics such as regulatory networks controlling carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur and iron metabolism, cell wall structure, proteolysis and environmental stress response are covered. Essential reading for all Corynebacterium scientists and everyone with an interest in global analysis techniques, global regulation and systems biology.

Bacterial Glycomics: Current Research, Technology and Applications
Overviews of microbial glyconjugates, lipopolysaccharide, capsular polysaccharide, lipoarabinomannan biosynthesis, cell wall metabolism, and glycosylation of bacterial and archaeal proteins. Also covers the analytical approaches used in the characterization of the bacterial glycome and applications of bacterial glycomics, including metabolic oligosaccharide labeling, the synthesis of bioactive glycans and the potential for glycoconjugate vaccines.

Neurospora: Genomics and Molecular Biology
In this book, internationally recognised experts critically review Neurospora genomics and molecular biology research and demonstrate the breadth of applications to industrial biology, biofuels, agriculture, and human health.

Extremophiles: Microbiology and Biotechnology
Extremophiles are microbes, mainly archaea and bacteria but also some eukaryotes. They live under chemical and physical extremes that are usually lethal to other organisms. Extremophiles are a valuable source of industrially important enzymes and have a broad range of potential applications in biotechnology, biomining and bioremediation. Highlights the current and topical areas of research in this rapidly growing field. Expert authors from around the world provide the latest insights into the mechanisms these fascinating organisms use to survive. The topics covered include the ability of acidophiles to maintain a neutral intracellular pH, the way that psychrophiles loosen up their proteins at low temperatures, and other equally ingenious adaptations and metabolic strategies that extremophiles use to survive and flourish under extreme conditions. The book also covers the established biotechnological uses of extremophiles and the most recent and novel applications including the exploitation of these organisms for enzyme production, their potential use in the generation of sustainable energy and in the oil industry.

Bacterial Polysaccharides: Current Innovations and Future Trends
In this timely book a cohort of experienced and authoritative experts review the most important innovations in research on and biotechnological applications of bacterial polysaccharides. The book takes an interdisciplinary view that examines this fascinating subject area in detail from molecular biology, genome-, transcriptome- and proteome-wide perspectives, and looks at the ecological aspects and systems biology approaches. Hence the book provides a sound basis for future research directions including high efficiency applications of bacterial polysaccharides in medicine, the food industry, and renewable energy production.

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Antifungals book available very soon

The new book on Antifungals edited by Alix T. Coste and Patrick Vandeputte will be available for dispatch within the next 2 or 3 weeks read more ...
Antifungals: From Genomics to Resistance and the Development of Novel Agents
Edited by: Alix T. Coste and Patrick Vandeputte
Caister Academic Press
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-910190-01-2 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-910190-02-9 £159, $319
A timely overview of current antifungal research with chapters written from a molecular and genomic perspective. read more ...
Full information at Antifungals.

Leishmania review

Excerpt from a book review of Leishmania: Current Biology and Control
"a comprehensive summary of the most recent advances in Leishmania biology and disease control ... an excellent reference not only for the Leishmania community, but also for investigators in related fields, in particular, graduate and undergraduate students and physicians in the field of parasitology in general. " from Xian Ming Chen (Creighton University School of Medicine) writing in Doodys read more ...
Leishmania: Current Biology and Control
Edited by: Subrata Adak and Rupak Datta
Caister Academic Press
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-52-2 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-53-9 £159, $319
Respected experts distil the important current research highlighting the most insightful discoveries in the field. Topics range from modulation of host miRNA to vaccine biology and mechanism of drug resistance in visceral Leishmaniasis. Essential reading! read more ...
Full information at Leishmania.

Biofuels review

Excerpt from a book review of Biofuels: From Microbes to Molecules
"a timely compilation of highly focused reviews written by leading experts in the field of microbial biofuel technology ... (the editor) has done a commendable job on assembling a top-notch panel of international experts, undertaking research in various part of the world including Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Korea and South Africa ... the authors have provided us with a wonderfully rich literary material of excellent depth, coverage and clarity. In addition to being a highly recommended read for experts and students in the field, this book further serves as a great testament to the phenomenal progress that has been made in microbial engineering over the last decade." from M. Kalim Akhtar (Edinburgh) and Patrik R. Jones (London) writing in Front. Bioeng. Biotechnol. (2015) doi: 10.3389/fbioe.2015.00016 read more ...
Biofuels: From Microbes to Molecules
Edited by: Xuefeng Lu
Caister Academic Press
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-45-4 £159, $319. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-63-8 £159, $319
"a timely overview" (Biotechnol. Agron. Soc. Environ.) read more ...
Full information at Biofuels.

Next-generation Sequencing review

Excerpt from a book review of Next-generation Sequencing: Current Technologies and Applications
"Next-Generation Sequencing: Current Technologies and Applications presents a nice overview of current technologies and applications of NGS ... provides an extensive overview of the most common NGS platforms and their application in different research fields. I therefore recommend this book to all investigators that are planning to implement NGS in their workflow." from Tahar van der Straaten (Leiden, The Netherlands) writing in ChemMedChem (2015) 10: 419-420. read more ...
Next-generation Sequencing: Current Technologies and Applications
Edited by: Jianping Xu
Caister Academic Press
Hardback: ISBN 978-1-908230-33-1 £120, $240. Ebook: ISBN 978-1-908230-95-9 £120, $240
"written in an accessible style" (Zentralblatt Math) read more ...
Full information at Next-generation Sequencing.
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