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This chapter briefl y traces the history of anaerobic digestion from the time the existence of this phenomenon was fi rst recorded four centuries ago to its rapidly increasing popularity at present. The extent of adaptation of biogas technology across the world is also briefl y reviewed. Whereas China and India lead the initiative from among developing countries, the thrust of the developed world is mainly coming from Western Europe.doi:10.1007/978-1-4614-1040-9_2 fatcat:febkhe2j2nbzdansq2sdji5pxy