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Microbes at Work: From Wastes to Resources / Edition 1

Microbes at Work: From Wastes to Resources / Edition 1


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Microbes at Work: From Wastes to Resources / Edition 1

*The reader is informed about the state of the art of biological waste treatment and how to exploit the potential that microorganisms are offering for this purpose Among the goals of environmentally sound waste treatment is the recycling of organic wastes. The most practiced options are composting and anaerobic digestion, both processes being carried out by microorganisms. This book provides an overview of the various ways microbes are doing their job and gives the reader an impression of their potential. The sixteen chapters of this book summarize the advantages and disadvantages of treatment processes, whether they are aerobic like composting or work without oxygen like anaerobic digestion for biogas (methane) production. These chapters show the potential of microorganisms to create valuable resources from otherwise wasted materials. These resources include profitable organic, humus-like soil conditioners or fertilizer components which are often suppressive to plant diseases. Composts may thus improve soil carbon sequestration, or support sustainable agriculture by reducing the need for mineral fertilizers or pesticides. If anaerobic digestion is used, the biogas produced may replace fossil fuels. Thus, proper biological waste treatment with the help of microorganisms should contribute to a reduction of anthropogenic greenhouse gas production. Written for Research

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783642040429
Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date: 12/17/2009
Edition description: 2010
Pages: 329
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1 Microbes in Aerobic and Anaerobic Waste Treatment Heribert Insam Ingrid Franke-Whittle Matra Goberna 1

2 Recent Developments in Bio-Energy Recovery Thought Fermentation R. Braun B. Drosg G. Bochmann S. Weiß R. Kirchmayr 35

3 Syntrophic Communities in Methane Formation from High Strength Wastewaters Caroline m. Plugge jules b. Vantlier Alfons j. M. Stams 59

4 Biogas Technology - Controlled Gas Flow for Enhanced Mixing, Heating, and Desulfurization Bernhard Wett Heribert Insam 79

5 Vermicomposting: Earthworms Enhance the Work of Microbes Jorge Domínguez Manuel Aira María Gómez-Brandón 93

6 Compost Microbial Activity Related to Compost Stability An Ceustermans Jozef Coosemans Jaak Ryckeboer 115

7 Utility of Molecular Tools in Monitoring Large Scale Composting Jenni Hultman Jukka Kurola Aija Rainisalo Merja Kontro Martin Romantschuk 135

8 Production and Utilization of Suppressive Compost: Environmental, Food and Health Benefits Marco de Bertoldi 153

9 Sanitation by Composting Björn Vinnerås F. Agostini Hakan Jönsson 171

10 Microbial Antagonists in Animal Health Promotion and Plant Protection Viviana Klose Markus Neureiter Michaela Mohnl Herbert Danner Christina Donat 193

11 Interactions Between Beneficial and Harmful Microorganims: From the Composting Process to Compost Application Jacques G. Fuchs 213

12 Compost Microbial Populations and Interactions with Plants Dror Minz Stefan J. Green Maya Ofek Yitzhak Hadar 231

13 Soil Degradation and Rehabilitation: Microorganisms and Functionality F. Bastida T. Hernández C. García 253

14 Do Composts Affect the Soil Microbial Community? Brigitte A. Knapp Margarita Ros Heribert Insam 271

15 Protection and Application of Bioorganic Fertilizers for Organic Farming Systems in Thailand: A Case Study N.Teaumroong C. Wanapu Y. Chankum W. Arjharn S. Sang-Arthit K. Teaimthaisong N. Boonkerd 293

16 Challenges, Options and Future Research Needs Juan Luis Turrion-Gomez Blanca Antizar-Ladislao 313

Index 323

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