Microbial succession within an anaerobic sequencing batch biofilm reactor (asbbr) treating cane vinasse at 55ºc
Ribas, Maria Magdalena Ferreira
Chinalia, Fabio Alexandre
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Ribas, Maria Magdalena Ferreira; Chinalia, Fabio Alexandre; Pozzi, Eloisa; Foresti, Eugenio (2009). Microbial succession within an anaerobic sequencing batch biofilm reactor (asbbr) treating cane vinasse at 55ºc. Brazilian Archives of Biology and Technology 52 (4), 1027-1036
The aim of this work was to investigate the anaerobic biomass formation capable of treating vinasse from the production of sugar cane alcohol, which was evolved within an anaerobic sequencing batch biofilm reactor (ASBBR) as immobilized biomass oil cubes of polyurethane foam at the temperature of 55 degrees C. The reactor was inoculated with mesophilic granular sludge originally treating poultry slaughterhouse wastewater. The evolution of the biofilm in the polyurethane foam matrices was assessed during seven experimental phases which were thus characterized by the changes in the organic matter concentrations as COD (1.0 to 20.0 g/L). Biomass characterization proceeded with the examination of sludge samples under optical and scanning electron microscopy. The reactor showed high microbial morphological diversity along the trial. The predominance of Methanosaeta-like cells was observed lip to the organic load of 2.5 gCOD/L.d. Oil the other hand, Methanosarcina-like microorganisms were the predominant archaeal population within the foam matrices at high organic loading ratios above 3.3 gCOD/L.d. This was suggested to be associated to a higher specific rate of acetate consumption by the later organisms.