Functional rigidity of a methane biofilter during the temporal microbial succession

Tae Gwan Kim, So Yeon Jeong, Kyung Suk Cho

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Temporal microbial succession was investigated in relation to the performance of a methane biofilter. A laboratory-scale biofilter packed with perlite was operated for 108 days, without a deliberate biomass control. The system performance was stable over the period with a mean elimination capacity of 1,563 g m-3 day-1, despite a temporal deterioration (45-56 days). Ribosomal-tag pyrosequencing showed that bacterial communities at days 14-28 were distinct from those of days 68-108. The accumulation of nonviable substances strongly coincided with the community change (R 2 > 0.97). Rhodobacter, Hydrogenophaga, and Methylomonas were dominated in the earlier period, while Methylocaldum and Methylococcus were abundant in the later period. The methanotrophic proportion gradually increased to 41 %, and type I methanotrophs became predominant over time. However, community structure and methanotrophic population density stably retained over time, allowing the system to keep the similar performance. Therefore, the perlite biofilter system was functionally rigid against the temporal microbial succession.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3275-3286
Number of pages12
JournalApplied Microbiology and Biotechnology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Apr 2014

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Acknowledgments This research was supported by the Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) (NRL program, R0A-2008-000-20044-0). This work was also supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (no. 2012R1A2A03046724).


  • Functional rigidity
  • Methanotrophic biofilter
  • Microbial community
  • Perlite
  • Succession


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