Biosafety and the Environmental Uses of Micro-Organisms

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Micro-organisms play a fundamental role in the environment. Yet their role is the result of complex biogeochemical processes by consortia of micro-organisms and the function of individual species is not clear in many cases.

This publication provides an overview of the current situation and relevant developments in environmental microbiology, as well as its potential application, which covers: use of micro-organisms for agriculture, production purposes, bioremediation, and cleaning purpose; environmental applications of microbial symbionts of insects; and environmental risk/safety assessment of the deliberate release of engineered micro-organisms.



Next generation sequencing-based metagenomics for monitoring soil microbiota

DNA sequencing is a powerful method to unravel the genetic diversity of micro-organisms in nature. In recent years, revolutionary next-generation sequencing technologies have become widely used in various microbiological disciplines, including microbial taxonomy and ecology. This chapter reviews the species concept of prokaryotes, including bacteria and Archaea, and presents the development of a comprehensive methodology for monitoring microbes in soil. Next-generation sequencing-enabled metagenomics should be useful and can be widely applied to modern microbiology and biotechnology.


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