Journal article

Structure of a cellulose degrading bacterial community during anaerobic digestion

CA O'Sullivan, PC Burrell, WP Clarke, LL Blackall

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOENGINEERING | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

It is widely accepted that cellulose is the rate-limiting substrate in the anaerobic digestion of organic solid wastes and that cellulose solubilisation is largely mediated by surface attached bacteria. However, little is known about the identity or the ecophysiology of cellulolytic microorganisms from landfills and anaerobic digesters. The aim of this study was to investigate an enriched cellulolytic microbial community from an anaerobic batch reactor. Chemical oxygen demand balancing was used to calculate the cellulose solubilisation rate and the degree of cellulose solubilisation. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) was used to assess the relative abundance and physical location of ..

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