Project

Microbial community evolution and functional dynamics in anaerobic bioreactors for the sustainable production of green energy

Duration
01 October 2011 → 30 September 2013
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Environmental microorganism biotechnology
Keywords
molecular techniques bioreactors functional stability species diversity microbial communities
 
Project description

This doctoral project focusses on microbial diversity in anaerobic digesters and bioelectrochemical systems, which have largely been treated as a black box despite the importance of microbial communities and their associated activities to the functioning of these bioreactors. By combining new ecological principles and molecular techniques with mathematical guidance and statistical analysis, it will be possible to explore the relationship between species diversity and functional stability.