Special Issue "Microbial Ecology of Anaerobic Digestion"


A special issue of Bioengineering (ISSN 2306-5354).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2014)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sabine Kleinsteuber
Department of Environmental Microbiology, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Permoserstr. 15, 04318, Leipzig, Germany
Website: http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=13575
E-Mail: sabine.kleinsteuber@ufz.de
Interests: molecular microbial ecology; environmental microbiology; microbial biotechnology; natural and engineered anaerobic systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is an efficient and sustainable way of using organic carbon from residual biomass and organic waste for the production of renewable energy, while simultaneously recycling nutrients and cleaning up waste streams. The process relies on complex microbial communities comprising of diverse functional guilds; these communities have manifold metabolic pathways and interactions. In contrast to the conventional view of an anaerobic digester as a black box, advanced microbiological methods have paved the way for understanding and even controlling complex microbial networks. Nowadays, microbial resource management is crucial for technological progress in AD, and offers new perspectives concerning sustainable waste management, renewable energy production, resource efficiency, and advanced bio-refineries; these perspectives lead to novel applications of AD processes that go beyond biogas as the main product.

The current Special Issue emphasizes recent progress, based on a detailed understanding of the AD microbiome, in metabolic pathway engineering/modeling, systems modeling, and in the control and optimization of microbial processes in AD technology.

Dr. Sabine Kleinsteuber
Guest Editor


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  • anaerobic digestion
  • microbial resource management
  • AD microbiome
  • microbial networks
  • metabolic modeling
  • metabolic engineering
  • methanogenesis
  • syntrophy
  • anaerobic bioreactors
  • anaerobic fermentation

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p. 54-65
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Bioengineering 2015, 2(2), 54-65; doi:10.3390/bioengineering2020054
Received: 29 January 2015 / Accepted: 13 March 2015 / Published: 25 March 2015
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Bioengineering 2015, 2(1), 35-53; doi:10.3390/bioengineering2010035
Received: 6 November 2014 / Revised: 29 January 2015 / Accepted: 30 January 2015 / Published: 9 February 2015
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Bioengineering 2014, 1(2), 111-112; doi:10.3390/bioengineering1020111
Received: 4 June 2014 / Accepted: 5 June 2014 / Published: 5 June 2014
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