About this Research Topic
This Research Topic welcomes original results addressing the latest trends and perspectives in Biogas Microbiology.
The Research Topic is aligned with the 4th International Conference on Biogas Microbiology (ICBM-4). Contributions are encouraged from both conference delegates and non-attending authors whose research falls within the scope of the Research Topic.
This conference held in Braga, Portugal, on 6-8th May 2020, in a joint organization of University of Minho and University of Santiago de Compostela, is the 4th of a series of conferences on Biogas Microbiology (Leipzig, Germany 2011, Uppsala, Sweden 2014, and Wageningen, The Netherlands 2017).
Biogas is a renewable energy source and a clean alternative to fossil fuels. Biogas generation occurs in natural environments as well as in engineered man-made systems, such as anaerobic digestion processes, and involves a cascade of reactions catalyzed by complex microbial communities. Understanding the microbial interactions and networks in these communities, as well as their microbial diversity and physiology, is pivotal to better control the biogas generation. Advancing our knowledge on biogas microbiology is relevant for renewable energy production and methane emissions in nature, ultimately impacting environmental quality, cycling of materials and energy, and the transition to sustainable and net zero emissions societies.
This multidisciplinary Research Topic aims to gather research from microbiology, environmental sciences and engineering domains, linking life and technology to shape the future of biogas.
We invite authors to contribute with reviews, mini-reviews or original research articles on biogas microbiology, that address topics including, but not limited to the following:
- Novel bioprocesses;
- Extreme environments;
- Genome-scale modeling;
- Microbial networks;
- Omics and meta-omics.
Please note that merely descriptive articles will be considered out of scope.
Keywords: Methane, Anaerobic Microbiology, Syntrophy, Electromicrobiology, Bioenergetics
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.