Immobilization patterns and dynamics of acetate-utilizing methanogens immobilized in sterile granular sludge in upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactors

Jens Ejbye Schmidt, Birgitte Kiær Ahring

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    Abstract

    Sterile granular sludge was inoculated with either Methanosarcina mazeii S-6, Methanosaeta concilii GP-6, or both species in acetate-fea upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactors to investigate the immobilization patterns and dynamics of aceticlastic methanogens in granular sludge. After several months of reactor operation, the methanogens were immobilized, either separately or together. The fastest immobilization was observed in the reactor containing ill. mazeii S-6. The highest effluent concentration of acetate was observed in the reactor with only ill. mazeii S-6 immobilized, while the lowest effluent concentration of acetate was observed in the reactor where both types of methanogens were immobilized together. No changes were observed in the kinetic parameters (K-s and mu(max)) of immobilized M. concilii GP-6 or ill, mazeii S-6 compared with suspended cultures, indicating that immobilization does not affect the growth kinetics of these methanogens. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay using polyclonal antibodies against either M. concilii GP-6 or M. mazeii S-6 showed significant variations in the two methanogenic populations in the different reactors. Polyclonal antibodies were. further used to study the spatial distribution of the two methanogens. M. concilii GP-6 was immobilized only: on existing support material without any specific pattern. ill mazeii S-6, however, showed a different immobilization pattern: large clumps were formed when the concentration of acetate was high, but where the acetate concentration was low this strain was immobilized on support material as single cells or small clumps, The data clearly show that the two aceticlastic methanogens immobilize differently in UASB systems, depending on the conditions found throughout the UASB reactor.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
    Volume65
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)1050-1054
    ISSN0099-2240
    Publication statusPublished - 1999

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