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Synthetic landfill microbiomes for enhanced anaerobic digestion to biogas



Coordinator: Prof. James McDonald, Bangor University, HES, Wales, United Kingdom

Aix-Marseille Université,
HES, France
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung UFZ, REC, Germany
Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru / Natural Resources Wales, LE, United Kingdom

Group photo SYNBIOGAS

Photo: prof. James McDonald

Project Abstract

The SYNBIOGAS project aims to design and validate synthetic landfill microbiomes for enhanced biomass conversion to biogas in landfill sites and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants. We will combine isolation and genomic analysis of microorganisms with enzyme characterisation and metabolic network modelling, to design and test synthetic landfill microbiomes for biomass conversion. Synthetic landfill microbiomes have potential to enhance biomass conversion in AD and landfill systems towards an enhanced bio-based economy for waste management, environmental protection, and sustainable intensification of renewable energy generation.

SYNBIOGAS is funded by the ERA CoBioTech partners: UKRI-InnovateUK, ANR and BMBF.

Project Start: January 2020    Duration: 36 months  
Project Budget:  Total Cost: 1.187.000 Euro, Funding: 1.016.000 Euro
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Project presentation status seminar 2021

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HES – higher education sector – university
REC – research organisation
LE – large enterprise