Microbes at Work

From Wastes to Resources

  • Heribert Insam
  • Ingrid Franke-Whittle
  • Marta Goberna

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Heribert Insam, Ingrid Franke-Whittle, Marta Goberna
    Pages 1-34
  3. R. Braun, B. Drosg, G. Bochmann, S. Weiß, R. Kirchmayr
    Pages 35-58
  4. Caroline M. Plugge, Jules B. van Lier, Alfons J. M. Stams
    Pages 59-77
  5. Jorge Domínguez, Manuel Aira, María Gómez-Brandón
    Pages 93-114
  6. An Ceustermans, Jozef Coosemans, Jaak Ryckeboer
    Pages 115-134
  7. Jenni Hultman, Jukka Kurola, Aija Rainisalo, Merja Kontro, Martin Romantschuk
    Pages 135-151
  8. Björn Vinnerås, F. Agostini, Hakan Jönsson
    Pages 171-191
  9. Viviana Klose, Markus Neureiter, Michaela Mohnl, Herbert Danner, Christina Donat
    Pages 193-211
  10. Dror Minz, Stefan J. Green, Maya Ofek, Yitzhak Hadar
    Pages 231-251
  11. F. Bastida, T. Hernandez, C. Garcia
    Pages 253-270
  12. Brigitte A. Knapp, Margarita Ros, Heribert Insam
    Pages 271-291
  13. N. Teaumroong, C. Wanapu, Y. Chankum, W. Arjharn, S. Sang-Arthit, K. Teaimthaisong et al.
    Pages 293-312
  14. Juan Luis Turrion-Gomez, Blanca Antizar-Ladislao
    Pages 313-322
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 323-329

About this book


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.


Antagonist Recycling anerobic digestion biogas compost energy environment environmental microbiology microbe microbiology microorganism pesticide plant disease plant protection wastewater

Editors and affiliations

  • Heribert Insam
    • 1
  • Ingrid Franke-Whittle
    • 2
  • Marta Goberna
    • 3
  1. 1.Inst. MikrobiologieUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  2. 2.Inst. MikrobiologieUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria
  3. 3.Inst. MikrobiologieUniversität InnsbruckInnsbruckAustria

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