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Adaptation of acidogenic sludge to increasing glycerol concentrations for biohydrogen production

Abstract : Hydrogen is a promising alternative as an energetic carrier and its production by dark fermentation from wastewater has been recently proposed, with special attention to crude glycerol as potential substrate. In this study, two different feeding strategies were evaluated for replacing the glucose substrate by glycerol substrate: a one-step strategy (glucose was replaced abruptly by glycerol) and a step-by-step strategy (progressive decrease of glucose concentration and increase of glycerol concentration from 0 to 5 g L-1), in a continuous stirred tank reactor (12 h of hydraulic retention time (HRT), pH 5.5, 35 A degrees C). While the one-step strategy led to biomass washout and unsuccessful H-2 production, the step-by-step strategy was efficient for biomass adaptation, reaching acceptable hydrogen yields (0.4 A +/- 0.1 mol(H2) mol(-1) (glycerol consumed)) around 33 % of the theoretical yield independently of the glycerol concentration. Microbial community structure was investigated by single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) and denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) fingerprinting techniques, targeting either the total community (16S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) gene) or the functional Clostridium population involved in H-2 production (hydA gene), as well as by 454 pyrosequencing of the total community. Multivariate analysis of fingerprinting and pyrosequencing results revealed the influence of the feeding strategy on the bacterial community structure and suggested the progressive structural adaptation of the community to increasing glycerol concentrations, through the emergence and selection of specific species, highly correlated to environmental parameters. Particularly, this work highlighted an interesting shift of dominant community members (putatively responsible of hydrogen production in the continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR)) according to the gradient of glycerol proportion in the feed, from the family Veillonellaceae to the genera Prevotella and Clostridium sp., putatively responsible of hydrogen production in the CSTR.
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Estela Tapia-Venegas, L. Cabrol, B. Brandhoff, Jérôme Hamelin, Eric Trably, et al.. Adaptation of acidogenic sludge to increasing glycerol concentrations for biohydrogen production. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Springer Verlag, 2015, 99 (19), pp.8295 - 8308. ⟨10.1007/s00253-015-6832-6⟩. ⟨hal-02637362⟩



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