David Border Consultancy

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David Border

Hi - I am a consultant microbiologist with more than 35 years’ experience in microbiological technologies such as anaerobic digestion, microalgae cultivation, and commercial composting. These are three great technologies that I want to bring together.

Each technology is powerful on its own - but together they can create new, renewable and high-value products.

In this website I will discuss new developments in commercial microbiology, as well as providing background information on on the algae, bacteria and fungi involved. In particular, I will look at the important role that microbiology can play in limiting climate change by processing greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide and methane.

New developments - a blog on important news and opportunities in anaerobic digestion, microalgae and commercial-scale composting

Visit my blog to read about important new developments
The amount of information published on these technologies each day is overwhelming, much of it related to environmental concerns. In this section I write articles - some short, some long and detailed - about what I consider to be important developments in the industry. We can also produce technical summaries of progress in each area.

Visualize Climate Change

David Border Consultancy also publishes the Visualize Climate Change website. This website, and its associated blog, is dedicated to providing up to date information on this most important of topics.

Take a look!

Books and microscopes for the study of microbiology-based technologies

There are many books available in physical or digital format that cover every aspect of commercial microbiology and light- and electron-microscopy. This sectionincludes a carefully selected list.

For those who have or want a hands-on relationship with microbiology there are many light microscopes and ancillary equipment available that are suitable for all types of microscopy. This section covers a range from the general to the specialist.

Major topics in the developing microbiology industry

Major topics
New large-scale applications of microbiology are coming on stream that could have a major effect on the environment. Here we look at a few of them.
Microalgae and climate change
Microalgae, carbon dioxide and climate change
Microalgae are playing an increasingly important role in turning greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide into valuable products. This avoids their release into the environment where they can contribute to global warming.
Bacteria and biodegradable plastics
Bacteria, methane and biodegradable plastics
Methane, another greenhouse gas, can now be converted by bacteria into biodegradable plastics.

Microorganisms and their commercial uses

Microorganisms and their commercial uses
Microalgae such as Chlorella and Spirulina, macroalgae (seaweeds) such as Laminaria and Gracilaria, fungi such as Agaricus and Saccharomyces, and bacteria such as Lactobacillus and Acetobacter, are employed in many different industries. They are used to treat pollution, to make food, feed, and hundreds of other valuable products, and to generate electricity and agricultural composts from recycled organic wastes. In this section we take a look at some of the most important applications.