Metatranscriptional characterization of metabolic dynamics in anaerobic membrane bioreactor producing methane from low-strength wastewater

Minjoo Lee, Keunje Yoo, Hyemin Kim, Kyung Guen Song, Dajung Kim, James M. Tiedje, Po Heng Lee, Joonhong Park

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An anaerobic membrane bioreactor (AnMBR) with media is an emerging carbon–neutral biotechnology for low-strength wastewater (LSWW) treatment and methane recovery. Understanding metabolic dynamics among methanogens and syntrophic bacteria is important in optimizing the design and operation of AnMBR. However, little is known about it, especially in media-attached microbial communities. This study explored metabolic dynamics to compare media-attached and suspended conditions. Accordingly, metagenomes and metatranscriptomes from AnMBRs with polymeric media and fed with different influent concentrations (350 and 700 mg-COD/L) were analyzed. Metabolic dynamics were profoundly influenced by the different growth habitats and influent conditions, although the applied influent concentrations are within the range of typical LSWW. Metabolic dynamics prediction results suggest that media-attached-growth habitats may have provided a more favorable microenvironment for methanogens to grow and produce methane, especially under low influent conditions. These findings provide significant implications for optimizing floating media design and operation of AnMBR-producing methane from LSWW.

Original languageEnglish
Article number128532
JournalBioresource technology
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Feb

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Education (No. 2018R1A6A1A08025348).

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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