Characteristics of carbohydrate degradation and the rate-limiting step in anaerobic digestion.

  title={Characteristics of carbohydrate degradation and the rate-limiting step in anaerobic digestion.},
  author={T Noike and Ginji Endo and Jonathan E. Chang and J Yaguchi and Jin Matsumoto},
  journal={Biotechnology and bioengineering},
  volume={27 10},
The characteristics of the degradation of cellulose, soluble starch, and glucose in the acidogenic phase and the effects of the substrate loading rate and biological solids retention time on the methanogenic phase of anaerobic digestion were investigated. The results obtained from continuous experiments using laboratory-scale anaerobic chemostat reactors elucidated the true rate-limiting step of anaerobic digestion. The specific rate of substrate utilization decreased in the following order… CONTINUE READING
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