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New Findings Reported from University of Queensland Describe Advances in Biotechnology (The role of anaerobic digestion in the emerging energy...

July 30, 2014

New Findings Reported from University of Queensland Describe Advances in Biotechnology (The role of anaerobic digestion in the emerging energy economy)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators publish new report on Biotechnology. According to news reporting originating in Brisbane, Australia, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Anaerobic digestion is the default process for biological conversion of residue organics to renewable energy and biofuel in the form of methane. However, its scope of application is expanding, due to availability of new technologies, and the emerging drivers of energy and nutrient conservation and recovery."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Queensland, "Here, we outline two of these new application areas, namely wastewater nutrient and energy recovery, and generation of value added chemicals through mixed culture biotechnology. There exist two options for nutrient and energy recovery from domestic wastewater: low energy mainline and partition-release-recovery. Both are heavily dependent on anaerobic digestion as an energy generating and nutrient release step, and have been enabled by new technologies such as low emission anaerobic membrane processes. The area of mixed culture biotechnology has been previously identified as a key industrial opportunity, but is now moving closer to application due application of existing and new technologies. As well as acting as a core technology option in bioproduction, anaerobic digestion has a key role in residual waste valorization and generation of energy for downstream processing."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "These new application areas and technologies are emerging simultaneously with substantial advances in knowledge of underlying mechanisms such as electron transfer, understanding of which is critical to development of the new application areas."

For more information on this research see: The role of anaerobic digestion in the emerging energy economy. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2014;27():142-149. Current Opinion in Biotechnology can be contacted at: Current Biology Ltd, 84 Theobalds Rd, London WC1X 8RR, England. (Elsevier -; Current Opinion in Biotechnology -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting D.J. Batstone, University of Queensland, Center Microbial Electrosynth, Brisbane, Qld, Australia (see also Biotechnology).

Keywords for this news article include: Brisbane, Australia, Australia and New Zealand, Biotechnology, Technology

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Source: Biotech Week

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