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Anaerobic digestion of animal by-products and slaughterhouse waste: main process limitations and microbial community interactions
Palatsi Civit, Jordi; Viñas, Marc; Guivernau, Miriam; Fernández García, Belén; Flotats Ripoll, Xavier
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament d'Enginyeria Agroalimentària i Biotecnologia; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. GREA - Grup de Recerca d'Enginyeria Agro-Ambiental
Fresh pig/cattle slaughterhouse waste mixtures, with different lipid-protein ratios, were characterized and their anaerobic biodegradability assessed in batch tests. The resultant methane potentials were high (270–300 LCH4 kg 1 COD) making them interesting substrates for the anaerobic digestion process. However, when increasing substrate concentrations in consecutive batch tests, up to 15 gCOD kg 1, a clear inhibitory process was monitored. Despite the reported severe inhibition, related to lipid content, the system was able to recover activity and successfully degrade the substrate. Furthermore, 16S rRNA gene-based DGGE results showed an enrichment of specialized microbial populations, such as b-oxidizing/proteolitic bacteria (Syntrophomonas sp., Coprothermobacter sp. and Anaerobaculum sp.), and syntrophic methanogens (Methanosarcina sp.). Consequently, the lipid concentration of substrate and the structure of the microbial community are the main limiting factors for a successful anaerobic treatment of fresh slaughterhouse waste.
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria agroalimentària::Ciències de la terra i de la vida::Biologia
Digestió anaeròbia Residus dels escorxadors Lípids-proteïnes
Digestió anaeròbia
Residus agrícoles

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