Abundance and diversity of Clostridium in agricultural biogas plants with a specific focus on the detection of Clostridium botulinum
Clostridia are bacteria which are highly abundant in biogas production plants during the fermentation of organic substances. Is it possible, that among those bacteria, also problematic clostridia could grow?
There are problematic bacteria within the group of Clostridia, these include Clostridium botulinum, the producer of the most toxic biological susbstance known.
The objective of this study was to assess the diversity of clostridia in substrates and fermentating material connected to experimental and agricultural biogas production processes.
Which clostrida occur in which substrates (plant substrates, manure, etc.) and do they have the capacity to grow during biogas fermentation?
Which clostria are involved in biogas fermenation processes and how variable is the composition of the clostridial community?
Can clostridial pathogens and toxin producers be detected in biogas production facilities?
9.2011 - 12.2014
Project status: finished