Long-term survival of methanogens of an anaerobic digestion sludge under starvation and temperature variation

Tae Gwan Kim, Taewoo Yi, Jung Hee Lee, Kyung Suk Cho

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Abstract

To Investigate starvation effect on methanogen community, two Identical membrane reactors were continuously operated for 84 consecutive days, with a temperature change from 50°C to 20°C. Continuous feeding washed out 97% biomass from reactors during the experimental period. Quantitative PCR, using mcrA genes, indicated that the methanogen abundance decreased from 7.0×107 to 1.2×107 mcrA copies·ml-1 (volume basis) at 50 °C, and then increased to 4.4 ×107 mcrA coples-ml-1 at 20 °C (p<0.05). Correspondence analysis Indicated that methanogen communities were distinctly grouped by each temperature. Canonical correspondence analysis Indicated that temperature showed a significant correlation with the methanogen community composition. These results suggest that methanogens can survive for a long time (at least more than 84 days) under starvation conditions, and that temperature could be a primary factor determining the density and community of methanogens.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-375
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Environmental Biology
Volume36
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Methanogens
  • Population dynamics
  • Starvation
  • Temperature

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