The fate of oxytetracycline in two-phase and single-phase anaerobic cattle manure digesters and its effects on microbial communities

Çağri Akyol*, Orhan Ince, Zeynep Cetecioglu, Fulya Ustun Alkan, Bahar Ince

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The fate of veterinary antibiotics in manure digesters is of great concern because of poor biomethane recovery and potential development of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the environment. RESULTS: Manure samples collected from therapeutically treated cattle (a standard veterinary practice of 50 mL OTC solution as 20mgkg-1 cattle weight) were used in digestion studies. The methane yields of OTC-medicated two-phase and single-phase digesters were 99±8 and 72±9 mL CH4 g-1 VS in the presence of 3.11±0.12 and 3.07±0.14mg OTC L-1, respectively; whereas, non-medicated two-phase and single-phase digesters had 43% and 52% higher methane yields, respectively. Fluorescence in situ hybridization results indicated that the relative abundance of Firmicutes and Gammaproteobacteria was negatively correlated with the presence of OTC. Methanobacteriales seemed to be a resistant order of methanogenic Archaea to OTC and comparatively higher methane yield in two-phase non-medicated cattle manure digester might be the result of the poor cell activity of Methanosarcinales in two-phase OTC-medicated cattle manure digester. CONCLUSION: Higher OTC removal and biomethane production were achieved by two-phase configuration, thus, it can be an alternative to treat antibiotic-medicated manures in full-scale applications in order to reduce its adverse effects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)806-814
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology
Volume91
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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Keywords

  • Biogas
  • Cattle manure
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)
  • Microbial activity
  • Oxytetracycline (OTC)
  • Two-phase anaerobic digestion

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