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The effects of pesticides on anaerobic digestion processes

Khalil, E. F., Whitmore, T. N., Gamal-El-Din, H., El-Bassel, A. and Lloyd, D. 2008. The effects of pesticides on anaerobic digestion processes. Environmental Technology 12 (6) , pp. 471-475. 10.1080/09593339109385032

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The effects of the fungicide Mancozeb, the herbicide Ametryne, and the molluscicide Niclosamide, on the anaerobic digestion of glucose by a mixed bacterial population were evaluated. Effects on activity of a pure culture of the methanogen, Methanosarcina barkeri was also tested. Pronounced inhibition of methanogenesis from glucose was observed for Mancozeb at a concentration of 100 mg.l‐1. In contrast, methanogenesis by Methanosarcina barkeri was not affected by Ametryne and Mancozeb, although Niclosamide delayed the onset of methanogenesis. Long‐term incubations (up to 60 days) indicated relief from Niclosamide inhibition.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0959-3330
Date of Acceptance: 28 May 1991
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2020 13:00

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