Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Bernhard Schink, Michael J. McInerney, Tori Hoehler, Robert P. Gunsalus
    Pages 1-17
  3. Zhe Lyu, Yuchen Liu
    Pages 19-77
  4. Tristan Wagner, Tomohiro Watanabe, Seigo Shima
    Pages 79-107
  5. Alfons J. M. Stams, Bas Teusink, Diana Z. Sousa
    Pages 109-121
  6. Christian Schöne, Michael Rother
    Pages 123-151
  7. Tori Hoehler, Nathaniel A. Losey, Robert P. Gunsalus, Michael J. McInerney
    Pages 153-178
  8. Jessica R. Sieber, Michael J. McInerney, Nicolai Müller, Bernhard Schink, Robert P. Gunsalus, Caroline M. Plugge
    Pages 179-209
  9. O. R. Kotsyurbenko, M. V. Glagolev, A. Y. Merkel, A. F. Sabrekov, I. E. Terentieva
    Pages 211-228
  10. Xiuzhu Dong, Jianqing Tian, Lei Qi, Lingyan Li
    Pages 261-281
  11. Terry J. McGenity, Dimitry Y. Sorokin
    Pages 283-309
  12. Nayaret Acosta, Jo De Vrieze
    Pages 361-378
  13. Mina Bižić-Ionescu, Danny Ionescu, Marco Günthel, Kam W. Tang, Hans-Peter Grossart
    Pages 379-400
  14. Serina L. Robinson, Lawrence P. Wackett
    Pages 431-450
  15. Steven Brown, Josh Loh, Stephen J. Aves, Thomas P. Howard
    Pages 451-470
  16. Ana Rita Castro, Ana Júlia Cavaleiro, Maria Alcina Pereira
    Pages 471-487
  17. Back Matter
    Pages 489-499

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 Z. Sousa
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of MicrobiologyWageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Laboratory of MicrobiologyWageningen University and ResearchWageningenThe Netherlands

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