Table of contents

  1. Steven Brown, Josh Loh, Stephen J. Aves, Thomas P. Howard
  2. Serina L. Robinson, Lawrence P. Wackett
  3. Alfons J. M. Stams, Bas Teusink, Diana Z. Sousa
  4. Tori Hoehler, Nathaniel A. Losey, Robert P. Gunsalus, Michael J. McInerney
  5. Tristan Wagner, Tomohiro Watanabe, Seigo Shima
  6. Bernhard Schink, Michael J. McInerney, Tori Hoehler, Robert P. Gunsalus
  7. Xiuzhu Dong, Jianqing Tian, Lei Qi, Lingyan Li
  8. Christian Schöne, Michael Rother
  9. O. R. Kotsyurbenko, M. V. Glagolev, A. Y. Merkel, A. F. Sabrekov, I. E. Terentieva
  10. Terry J. McGenity, Dimitry Y. Sorokin
  11. Jessica R. Sieber, Michael J. McInerney, Nicolai Müller, Bernhard Schink, Rob P. Gunsalus, Caroline M. Plugge
  12. Ana Rita Castro, Ana Júlia Cavaleiro, Maria Alcina Pereira
  13. Mina Bižić-Ionescu, Danny Ionescu, Marco Günthel, Kam W. Tang, Hans-Peter Grossart

About this book


The book covers the microbiological, environmental and biotechnological aspects of alkane production. Alkanes are important energy-rich compounds on earth. Microbial synthesis of methane and other alkanes is an essential part of the geochemical cycling of carbon and offers perspectives for our biobased economy. This book discusses different aspects of current knowledge of microbial alkane production. Chapters with state of the art information are written by renowned scientists in the field.

The chapters are organised into four themed parts:
1. Biochemistry of Biogenesis - Hydrocarbons
2. Taxonomy, Ecophysiology and Genomics of Biogenesis - Hydrocarbons
3. Biogenic Communities: Members, Functional Roles
4. Global Consequences of Methane Production


methane microbial communities environmental biotechnology alkanes natural environments biogenesis hydrocarbons methane cycling environment alkane synthesis methanogenic archaea microbial oil

Editors and affiliations

  • Alfons J.M. Stams
    • 1
  • Diana Sousa
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of MicrobiologyWageningen UniversityHB WageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory of MicrobiologyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53114-4