Application of next-generation sequencing methods for microbial monitoring of anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass

Bozan M., AKYOL Ç., İnce O., Aydin S., İNCE B.

APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY AND BIOTECHNOLOGY, vol.101, no.18, pp.6849-6864, 2017 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 101 Issue: 18
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00253-017-8438-7
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.6849-6864
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic wastes is considered an efficient method for managing the world's energy shortages and resolving contemporary environmental problems. However, the recalcitrance of lignocellulosic biomass represents a barrier to maximizing biogas production. The purpose of this review is to examine the extent to which sequencing methods can be employed to monitor such biofuel conversion processes. From a microbial perspective, we present a detailed insight into anaerobic digesters that utilize lignocellulosic biomass and discuss some benefits and disadvantages associated with the microbial sequencing techniques that are typically applied. We further evaluate the extent to which a hybrid approach incorporating a variation of existing methods can be utilized to develop a more in-depth understanding of microbial communities. It is hoped that this deeper knowledge will enhance the reliability and extent of research findings with the end objective of improving the stability of anaerobic digesters that manage lignocellulosic biomass.