Production of fuels and chemicals from waste by microbiomes

Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2013 Jun;24(3):391-7. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2013.03.016. Epub 2013 Apr 12.


The demand for chemicals and fuels will continue to grow simultaneously with the costly requirement to treat solid waste, wastewater, and regarding climate change, carbon dioxide. A dual benefit is at hand if waste could be converted to valuable chemicals. The application of stable chemical producing microbiomes adapted to these waste streams may turn this challenge into an opportunity.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bioelectric Energy Sources*
  • Biotechnology / methods
  • Carbon Dioxide / metabolism
  • Carboxylic Acids / metabolism
  • Chemical Industry / methods*
  • Global Warming / prevention & control
  • Metagenome / physiology*
  • Methane / metabolism
  • Solid Waste*
  • Wastewater / microbiology*


  • Carboxylic Acids
  • Solid Waste
  • Waste Water
  • Carbon Dioxide
  • Methane