Methane generation by anaerobic digestion of cellulose-containing wastes

  • J. M. Scharer
  • M. Moo-young
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Biochemical Engineering book series (ABE, volume 11)


The anaerobic digestion of cellulose-containing wastes, both municipal and agricultural, holds promise as a dual method of energy (methane) generation and waste treatment. Advances regarding the technical biochemistry and microbiology of this anaerobic-digestion process are reviewed. Experimental results concerning the kinetics of methane generation from various substances and the dependence of methanogenesis on operating parameters are assessed. Deficiencies in our present knowledge and areas of future research needs are identified. The feasibility of the process for farm-scale applications are examined.


Anaerobic Digestion Cellulose Hydrolysis Maximum Specific Growth Rate Methanogenic Bacterium Cellulolytic Bacterium 
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  • J. M. Scharer
    • 1
  • M. Moo-young
    • 1
  1. 1.Biochemical Engineering Group, Dept. of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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