Table of contents

  1. Steven Brown, Josh Loh, Stephen J. Aves, Thomas P. Howard
  2. Serina L. Robinson, Lawrence P. Wackett
  3. Tori Hoehler, Nathaniel A. Losey, Robert P. Gunsalus, Michael J. McInerney
  4. Tristan Wagner, Tomohiro Watanabe, Seigo Shima
  5. Christian Schöne, Michael Rother
  6. Jessica R. Sieber, Michael J. McInerney, Nicolai Müller, Bernhard Schink, Rob P. Gunsalus, Caroline M. Plugge
  7. Ana Rita Castro, Ana Júlia Cavaleiro, Maria Alcina Pereira

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 International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-53114-4