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Impact of microbial inoculum storage on dark fermentative H2 production

Abstract : Complex organic substrates represent an important and relevant feedstock for producing hydrogen by Dark Fermentation (DF). Usually, an external microbial inoculum originated from various natural environments is added to seed the DF reactors. However, H2 yields are significantly impacted by the inoculum origin and the storage conditions as microbial community composition can fluctuate. This study aims to determine how the type and time of inoculum storage can impact the DF performances. Biochemical Hydrogen Potential tests were carried out using three substrates (glucose, the organic fraction of municipal solid waste, and food waste), inocula of three different origins, different storage conditions (freezing or freeze-drying) and duration. As a result, H2 production from glucose with the differently stored inocula was significantly impacted (positively or negatively) and was inoculum-origin-dependent. For complex substrates, hydrogen yields with the stored inocula were not statistically different from the fresh inocula, offering the possibility to store an inoculum.
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Kevin Dauptain, A. Schneider, Marie Noguer, P. Fontanille, Renaud Escudié, et al.. Impact of microbial inoculum storage on dark fermentative H2 production. Bioresource Technology, Elsevier, 2021, 319, pp.124234. ⟨10.1016/j.biortech.2020.124234⟩. ⟨hal-02967975⟩

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