Journal article

Comparison of cellulose solubilisation rates in rumen and landfill leachate inoculated reactors

Cathryn A O'Sullivan, Paul C Burrell, William P Clarke, Linda L Blackall

BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2006

Abstract

The aim of this study was to conduct a number of controlled digestions to obtain easily comparable cellulose solubilisation rates and to compare these rates to those found in the literature to see which operational differences were significant in affecting cellulose degradation during anaerobic digestion. The results suggested that differences in volumetric cellulose solubilisation rates were not indicative of the true performance of cellulose digestion systems. When cellulose solubilisation rates were normalised by the mass of cellulose in the reactor at each time step, the comparison of the rates became more meaningful. Cellulose solubilisation was surface area limited. Therefore, changes ..

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