The effect of maize silage as co-substrate for swine manure on the bacterial community structure in biogas plants

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The qualitative and quantitative changes in the bacterial community composition in two mesophilic, commercially used biogas plants were monitored by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) and real-time PCR. The main objective was to evaluate the influence of the co-substrate maize silage on total bacteria and some selected bacterial groups by comparing full-scale reactors fed solely with pig manure or additionally with maize silage. DGGE fingerprints reflected shifts in the bacterial community structure associated with maize silage as co-substrate and the real-time PCR results showed clear changes in the quantitative composition of the bacterial consortia of each fermenter. A clear dominance of Clostridia in all surveyed fermenters and considerably lower abundance of Bacteroidetes in the biogas plant fed with maize silage was shown.

DOI: 10.1007/s12223-012-0125-6

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@article{Fliegerova2012TheEO, title={The effect of maize silage as co-substrate for swine manure on the bacterial community structure in biogas plants}, author={Katerina Fliegerova and Jakub Mr{\'a}zek and M. Kajan and Sabine Marie Podmirseg and Heribert Insam}, journal={Folia Microbiologica}, year={2012}, volume={57}, pages={281-284} }