CONTENTS:- Introduction and fundamentals of Microbiology; Applications and commercial uses of microorganisms; Microbial ecology and pollution management; Microbial metabolism: Energy release and conservation; Biomass: A source of renewable energy; Microbes: Alternate energy sources; Microbes and ethanol production; Microbes and biodiesel production; Microbes and methane production; Microbes and hydrogen production; Microbes and electricity generation; Biotechnology for developing novel microbes; Patenting of biotechnological inventions.
The present book "Microbes: A source of energy for 21st century" highlights the potential of microorganisms in solving the global energy crisis. This volume has been organized in 13 chapters which have been prepared to provide the readers with both an in-depth study and a broad perspective of microorganisms for sustainability of mankind and making the world energy independent. The book provides the fundamental knowledge about different types of microorganisms including their various application and commercial uses. Further, it makes the readers familiar with the diversity in energy generating pathways among different groups of microbes and various possibilities which can be exploited for converting global biomass resources into alternate biofuels. A great effort has been made to provide the readers a comprehensive knowledge about different alternative fuels from microbes for the 21st century.