Potential for Pathogen reduction in anaerobic digestion and biogas generation in Sub-Saharan Africa

Lisa M. Avery*, Kenneth Yongabi Anchang, Vianney Tumwesige, Norval Strachan, Peter J. Goude

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Current burdens of faecally derived pathogens entering the environment through untreated human and animal faeces can lead to disease, through direct handling and through contamination of water supplies used for drinking and washing. Anaerobic digestion for biogas generation in rural households in Sub-Saharan Africa has the potential to reduce pathogen loadings to the environment through treatment of livestock manures and effluent from pit latrines. However, there are limited data available for its efficacy in Sub-Saharan Africa. We review evidence from around the world and consider its application to the Sub-Saharan African situation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalBiomass and Bioenergy
Early online date20 Mar 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2014



  • E. coli
  • Log reduction
  • Mesophilic
  • Psychrophilic
  • Sewage
  • Slurry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Forestry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Waste Management and Disposal

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