Food Waste as a Valuable Carbon Source for Bioconversion – How Microbes do Miracles

Rajat Kumar, Varsha Bohra, Manu Mk, Jonathan W. C. Wong

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This chapter focuses on the possible impacts of food waste management choices over economy, climate, biodiversity, and health in all continents. Biofertilizers are natural compounds having microbial inoculants mixed with biodegradable substances that promote plant growth through seed or soil interactions. Food waste, due to its high organic content and better biodegradability, exhibits high potential for the production of bioenergy in the anaerobic digestion process. Infused micronutrients found in high quantities. This allows food waste to work as an accessible source of carbon, nitrogen, and other essential elements for bioconversion. Biochemicals like organic acids and alcohols have received significant attention as platform chemicals. Microorganisms store carbon within the cell in the form of polyesters known as polyhydroxyalkanoates. Biosurfactants are ecofriendly chemicals with surface active properties to disperse water insoluble compounds. Biocatalysts are an important category of compounds derived from microbes in the form of enzymes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGood Microbes in Medicine, Food Production, Biotechnology, Bioremediation, and Agriculture
EditorsFrans J. de Bruijn, Hauke Smidt, Luca S. Cocolin, Michael Sauer, David Dowling, Linda Thomashow
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781119762621
ISBN (Print)9781119762546
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2022

User-Defined Keywords

  • anaerobic digestion process
  • biocatalysts
  • biochemicals
  • bioconversion
  • biodegradability
  • bioenergy
  • biofertilizers
  • biosurfactants
  • food waste
  • microorganisms


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