Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Current Developments in Biotechnology and Bioengineering

Advances in Composting and Vermicomposting Technology

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Ashok Pandey, Mukesh Awasthi, Zengqiang Zhang
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323918749

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Composting and vermicomposting are widely used biological processes for the management of the wastes produced by the communities and agricultural activities, which have experienced substantial growth during the last few years. Advances in Composting and Vermicomposting Technology summarizes the most important work conducted during the last few years under one cover. The book includes conventional and recent advancements in composting and vermicompostimg technologies, information regarding mitigation of greenhouse gases emission and resistant genes, and finally recovery of "Value-Added Materials" in the composting sectors. Furthermore it includes models and available upgradation, global case studies, opportunities and challenges (technical constraints, Institutional constraints and social constraints) associated with the composting technology advancement and finally, application of LCA and considerations in economic evaluation of composting technologies and other organic waste treatment strategies.

Key Features

  • First book on the use of composting technology for process development within organic waste recycling and management
  • Critically discusses development of industrial composting processes and market demand of compost as cleaner products
  • Includes industrial application of cleaner composting technology towards valorization of high value of compost
  • Provides recent knowledge on research and applications by integration of sustainable cleaner composting technologies


Professionals, researchers, and graduate students working in the organic waste recycling biotechnology, biochemical and environmental engineering, applied microbiology, and composting technology, etc.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction: Trends in composting and vermicomposting technologies
    2. Vermicomposting technology for organic waste management
    3. Design and operation of aeration devices for composting and vermi-composting
    4. Composting systems and mature end-products production
    5. Modeling and optimization of composting technology
    6. Role of biochar and bulking agents and additive on composting
    7. Global warming potential of N2O emission and mitigation strategies via composting
    8. Design principles of sustainable composting and recovery of value-added products from compost
    9. Role of microbes and microbial dynamics during composting
    10. Composting of antibiotic residues
    11. Challenges and opportunities associated with composting and end-product applications
    12. Life-cycle assessment in composting technology
    13. Economic evaluation of composting/vermi-composing technologies
    14. Business models of composting for a circular economy
    15. Enabling environment sanitation and financing by composting technologies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 368
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323918749

About the Editors

Ashok Pandey

Professor Ashok Pandey is currently Distinguished Scientist at the Centre for Innovation and Translational Research, CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, India and Executive Director (Honorary) at the Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability – India. Formerly, he was Eminent Scientist at the Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing, Mohali and Chief Scientist & Head of Biotechnology Division and Centre for Biofuels at CSIR’s National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Trivandrum. His major research and technological development interests are industrial & environmental biotechnology and energy biosciences, focusing on biomass to biofuels & chemicals, waste to wealth & energy, industrial enzymes, etc. Professor Pandey is Adjunct/Visiting Professor/Scientist in universities in France, Brazil, Canada, China, Korea, South Africa, and Switzerland and also in several universities several in India. He has ~1400 publications/communications, which include 16 patents, 87 books, >700 papers and book chapters, etc with h index of 102 and ~46,300 citations (Goggle scholar). He has transferred several technologies to industries and has done industrial consultancy for about a dozen projects for Indian/international industries. Professor Pandey is the recipient of many national and international awards and honours, which include Distinguished Scientist, VDGOOD Professional Association, India (2020); Distinguished Professor of Eminence with global impact in the area of Biotechnology, Precious Cornerstone University, Nigeria (2020), Highest Cited Researcher (Top 1% in the world), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2019); IconSWM Life-time Achievement Award 2019, International Society for Solid Waste Management, KIIT, Bhubaneshwar, India (2019); Yonsei Outstanding Scholar, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2019), Highest Cited Researcher (Top 1% in the world; Top 10 in India), Clarivate Analytics, Web of Science (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from the Biotech Research Society, India (2018); Life-Time Achievement Award from Venus International Research Awards (2018), Most Outstanding Researcher Award from Career360 (2018), Life-Time Achievement Award from the International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2017); Academician of European Academy of Sciences and Arts, Austria (2015); Honorary Doctorate degree from Univesite Blaise Pascal, France (2007); Thomson Scientific India Citation Laureate Award, USA (2006); UNESCO Professor (2000); Raman Research Fellowship Award, CSIR (1995); GBF, Germany and CNRS, France Fellowships (1992) and Young Scientist Award (1989), etc. He is Fellow of various academies, which include Royal Society of Biology, UK (2016); International Society for Energy, Environment and Sustainability (2016); National Academy of Sciences, India (2012); Association of Microbiologists of India (2008), International Organization of Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007) and the Biotech Research Society, India (2005). Professor Pandey is Founder President of the Biotech Research Society, India (; Founder & International Coordinator of International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses, France (, Chairman of the International Society for Energy, Environment & Sustainability (, Editor-in-chief of Bioresource Technology (, Honorary Executive Advisor of Journal of Energy and Environmental Sustainability (, Journal of Systems Microbiology and Biomanufacturing (, Journal of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (, Subject Editor, Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, India ( and Associate Editor, Biologia – Section Cellular and Molecular Biology ( and editorial board member of several international and Indian journals

Mukesh Awasthi

Dr. Mukesh Awasthi is one of the young researcher in the field of Environmental Science and Technology. His major research interest includes a wide range of microbiology, environment science, biotechnology and bioengineering field. He has >150 publications/ communications, which include ~ 100 papers, 1 book, 15 book chapters, etc with h index of 32 and > 4798 citations (Goggle scholar). He is Life Member of Biotech Research Society of India, Indian Science Congress Association of India, Society of Basic and Applied Mycology, Association of Microbiologists, National Solid Waste Association of India, Life Member, European Federation of Biotechnology (UK), 4Biomass (Europe), and International Forum on Industrial Bioprocesses (France). He has awarded MoRE 2020-Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow - University of Boras, Boras, Sweden.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, Republic of China

Zengqiang Zhang

Prof. Zengqiang Zhang is one of the leading personalities in the field of Environmental Science and Technology. His major research interests are in the areas of environmental microbiology, organic waste composting, bioremediation of heavy metal contaminated soil, waste water treatment and nutrient recovery and mitigation of greenhouse gases emission during the organic waste composting etc. which include 2 books, 12 technical reports, 25 chapters in the books, more than 300 original and review papers and 150 research communications in international and national conferences

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Natural Resources and Environment, Northwest A&F University, Republic of China

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