The Microbiology of Anaerobic Digesters / Edition 1

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Anaerobic digestion is a biochemical degradation process that converts complex organic material, such as animal manure, into methane and other byproducts. Part of the author's Wastewater Microbiology series, Microbiology of Anareboic Digesters eschews technical jargon to deliver a practical, how-to guide for wastewater plant operators.

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“An in-depth review...” (Environmental Science & Technology, March 15, 2004)

“...easy-to-follow and descriptive of the anaerobic system/process.” (Journal of Hazardous Materials, Vol. 106, 2004)

"This book provides an in-depth review of the bacteria, their activity, and the operational conditions that affect anaerobic digester performance.” (Journal of the American Water Resources Association, December 2003)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471206934
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/18/2003
  • Series: Wastewater Microbiology Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,500,950
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL H. GERARDI holds an MS in biology from James Madison University and chaired the Water Environment Federation task force responsible for the development of its specialty publication, Wastewater Biology. He has authored more than ninety technical publications and has provided wastewater microscopy and consulting services for numerous municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants. He is currently responsible for the development and presentation of the wastewater biology courses at Penn State.

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction.

2. Bacteria.

3. Methane-forming Bacteria.

4. Respiration.

5. Anaerobic Food Chain.

6. Fermentation.

7. Anaerobic Digestion Steps.


8. Substrates and Products.

9. Biogas.


10. Introduction to Operational Conditions.

11. Start-up.

12. Sludge Feed.

13. Retention Times.

14. Temperature.

15. Nutrients.

16. Alkalinity and pH.

17. Toxicity.

18. Mixing.


19. Upsets and Unstable Digesters.

20. Foam and Scum Production and Accumulation.

21. Supernatant.

22. Monitoring.


23. Types of Anaerobic Digesters.

24. Anaerobic Digesters verses Aerobic Digesters.


Abbreviations and Acronyms.

Chemical Compounds and Elements.



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