Effect of inoculum concentration on methanogenesis by direct interspecies electron transfer: Performance and microbial community composition.


School of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. Electronic address: [Email]


To understand the effect of inoculum concentration on direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) for methanogenesis, batch-type anaerobic bioreactors with different inoculum concentrations were operated with and without supplemented granular activated carbon (GAC). With decrease in inoculum concentration, GAC-supplemented bioreactors showed faster methane production rates and reduced lag times. Geobacter species were specifically enriched on the GAC surfaces under lower inoculum concentration conditions. Together, the relative abundance of aceticlastic methanogens (competitors of Geobacter species for acetate) gradually decreased when the inoculum concentration increased. These results suggested that the specific enrichment of Geobacter species by outcompeting with aceticlastic methanogens through low inoculum concentrations on GAC surfaces accelerated methanogenesis by DIET via GAC in anaerobic bioreactors. Taken together, the results of this study suggested that inoculum concentration is an important factor in stimulating DIET for methane production.


Anaerobic digester,Direct interspecies electron transfer,Enrichment,Geobacter species,Inoculum concentration,

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