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Appl Environ Microbiol. Apr 1978; 35(4): 648–654.
PMCID: PMC242900

Changes in proportions of acetate and carbon dioxide used as methane precursors during the anaerobic digestion of bovine waste.


In an anaerobic digestor which was fed daily with bovine waste, during the early stages after feeding (4 to 7 h) acetate (via the methyl group) accounted for almost 90% of the methane produced. As time after feeding increased, acetate declined as a precursor so that in the 12- to 14-h and 21- to 23-h periods, after feeding the methyl group accounted for 80 and 73% of the methane produced, respectively. Measurements of methane production from CO2 reduction showed that in the 2- to 12-h period after feeding, CO2 accounted for 14% of the methane produced, whereas in the 12- to 24-h period it accounted for 27-5%. These results show that the percentages of methane accounted for by acetate and CO2 vary with time after feeding the digestor.

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