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Microbiology of Sustainable Biogas Production

Edited by: Dr Sabine Kleinsteuber

The conversion of organic waste and residual biomass into biogas using anaerobic digestion is an excellent way to close carbon and nutrient cycles. However, most biogas plants still operate well below their optimal performance. A better understanding of the microbiology behind anaerobic digestion processes will pave the way for a more efficient and sustainable biogas production.

  1. Original article

    Fungi open new possibilities for anaerobic fermentation of organic residues

    Large amounts of fibre-rich organic waste material from public green and private gardens have to be treated environmentally friendly; however, this fibre-rich biomass has low biogas yields. This study investig...

    Marian Kazda, Susanne Langer and Frank R Bengelsdorf

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2014 4:6

    Published on: 13 March 2014

  2. Short communication

    Floating layer formation, foaming, and microbial community structure change in full-scale biogas plant due to disruption of mixing and substrate overloading

    The use of biogas as renewable resource of energy is of growing interest. To increase the efficiency and sustainability of anaerobic biogas reactors, process failures such as overacidification, foaming, and fl...

    Tobias Lienen, Anne Kleyböcker, Manuel Brehmer, Matthias Kraume, Lucie Moeller, Kati Görsch and Hilke Würdemann

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2013 3:20

    Published on: 24 October 2013

  3. Short communication

    Characterization by length heterogeneity (LH)-PCR of a hydrogen-producing community obtained in dark fermentation using coastal lake sediment as an inoculum

    Sustainable biohydrogen production can be achieved by dark fermentation of organic wastes, and studies were carried out using a range of substrates and inocula. The bacterial populations involved were mainly i...

    Rita Di Bonito, Antonella Marone, Giulia Massini, Chiara Patriarca, Silvia Rosa, Antonella Signorini, Cristiano Varrone, Corinna Viola and Giulio Izzo

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2013 3:3

    Published on: 28 February 2013