Sulfide oxidation in a biofilter

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  • Author: Pedersen, Claus Lunde

    Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Author: Dezhao, Liu

    Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Author: Hansen, Michael Jørgen

    Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Author: Feilberg, Anders

    Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Author: Jensen, Louise Helene Søgaard

    Center for Electron Nanoscopy, Technical University of Denmark, Fysikvej, 2800, Lyngby, Denmark

  • Author: Guldberg, Lise Bonne

    SKOV A/S

  • Author: Schramm, Andreas

    Aarhus University, Denmark

  • Author: Nielsen, Lars Peter

    Aarhus University, Denmark

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Observed hydrogen sulfide uptake rates in a biofilter treating waste air from a pig farm were too high to be explained within conventional limits of sulfide solubility, diffusion in a biofilm and bacterial metabolism. Clone libraries of 16S and 18S rRNA genes from the biofilter found no sulfide oxidizing bacteria but several fungal families including Trichocomaceae. A positive correlation was found between the presence of mold and sulfide uptake. However there have been no reports on fungi metabolizing hydrogen sulfide. We hypothesize that the mold increases the air exposed surface, enabling higher hydrogen sulfide uptake followed by oxidation catalyzed by iron-containing enzymes such as cytochrome c oxidase in a process uncoupled from energy conservation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2012
Number of pages1
StatePublished - 2012
Event14th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology - Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 19 Aug 201224 Aug 2012
Conference number: 14


Conference14th International Symposium on Microbial Ecology
LocationBella Center
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