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Article: Microbial effects of part-stream low-frequency ultrasonic pretreatment on sludge anaerobic digestion as revealed by high-throughput sequencing-based metagenomics and metatranscriptomics

TitleMicrobial effects of part-stream low-frequency ultrasonic pretreatment on sludge anaerobic digestion as revealed by high-throughput sequencing-based metagenomics and metatranscriptomics
Authors
KeywordsMetagenomics
Metatranscriptomics
RNA-seq
Low-frequency ultrasonic pretreatment
Anaerobic digestion
Issue Date2018
PublisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biotechnologyforbiofuels.com/
Citation
Biotechnology for Biofuels, 2018, v. 11 n. 1, p. article no. 47 How to Cite?
AbstractBackground: Part-stream low-frequency ultrasound (LFUS) was one of the common practices for sludge disintegration in full-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities. However, the effectiveness of part-stream LFUS treatment and its effect on AD microbiome have not been fully elucidated. Methods: Here we testified the effectiveness of part-stream LFUS pretreatment by treating only a fraction of feed sludge (23% and 33% total solid of the feed sludge) with 20 Hz LFUS for 70 s. State-of-the-art metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis was used to investigate the microbial process underpinning the enhanced AD performance by part-stream LFUS pretreatment. Results: By pretreating 33% total solid of the feed sludge, methane yield was increased by 36.5%, while the volatile solid reduction ratio remained unchanged. RNA-seq of the microbiome at stable stage showed that the continuous dosage of easy-degradable LFUS-pretreated feed sludge had gradually altered the microbial community by selecting Bacteroidales hydrolyzer with greater metabolic capability to hydrolyze cellulosic biomass without substrate attachment. Meanwhile, Thermotogales with excellent cell mobility for nutrient capturing was highly active within the community. Foremost proportion of the methanogenesis was contributed by the dominant Methanomicrobiales via carbon dioxide reduction. More interestingly, a perceivable proportion of the reverse electron flow of the community was input from Methanoculleus species other than syntrophic acetate-oxidizing bacteria. In addition, metagenomic binning retrieved several interesting novel metagenomic-assembled genomes (MAGs): MAG-bin6 of Alistipes shahii showed exceptional transcriptional activities towards protein degradation and MAG-bin11 of Candidatus Cloacimonetes with active cellulolytic GH74 gene detected. Conclusions: In summary, despite the unchanged sludge digestibility, the applied part-stream LFUS pretreatment strategy was robust in adjusting the microbial pathways towards more effective substrate conversion enabled by free-living hydrolyser and beta-oxidation-capable methanogens.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/293294
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2018 Impact Factor: 5.452
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.557
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dc.contributor.authorXia, Y-
dc.contributor.authorYang, C-
dc.contributor.authorZhang, T-
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-23T08:14:41Z-
dc.date.available2020-11-23T08:14:41Z-
dc.date.issued2018-
dc.identifier.citationBiotechnology for Biofuels, 2018, v. 11 n. 1, p. article no. 47-
dc.identifier.issn1754-6834-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/293294-
dc.description.abstractBackground: Part-stream low-frequency ultrasound (LFUS) was one of the common practices for sludge disintegration in full-scale anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities. However, the effectiveness of part-stream LFUS treatment and its effect on AD microbiome have not been fully elucidated. Methods: Here we testified the effectiveness of part-stream LFUS pretreatment by treating only a fraction of feed sludge (23% and 33% total solid of the feed sludge) with 20 Hz LFUS for 70 s. State-of-the-art metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analysis was used to investigate the microbial process underpinning the enhanced AD performance by part-stream LFUS pretreatment. Results: By pretreating 33% total solid of the feed sludge, methane yield was increased by 36.5%, while the volatile solid reduction ratio remained unchanged. RNA-seq of the microbiome at stable stage showed that the continuous dosage of easy-degradable LFUS-pretreated feed sludge had gradually altered the microbial community by selecting Bacteroidales hydrolyzer with greater metabolic capability to hydrolyze cellulosic biomass without substrate attachment. Meanwhile, Thermotogales with excellent cell mobility for nutrient capturing was highly active within the community. Foremost proportion of the methanogenesis was contributed by the dominant Methanomicrobiales via carbon dioxide reduction. More interestingly, a perceivable proportion of the reverse electron flow of the community was input from Methanoculleus species other than syntrophic acetate-oxidizing bacteria. In addition, metagenomic binning retrieved several interesting novel metagenomic-assembled genomes (MAGs): MAG-bin6 of Alistipes shahii showed exceptional transcriptional activities towards protein degradation and MAG-bin11 of Candidatus Cloacimonetes with active cellulolytic GH74 gene detected. Conclusions: In summary, despite the unchanged sludge digestibility, the applied part-stream LFUS pretreatment strategy was robust in adjusting the microbial pathways towards more effective substrate conversion enabled by free-living hydrolyser and beta-oxidation-capable methanogens.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherBioMed Central Ltd. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.biotechnologyforbiofuels.com/-
dc.relation.ispartofBiotechnology for Biofuels-
dc.rightsBiotechnology for Biofuels. Copyright © BioMed Central Ltd.-
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.-
dc.subjectMetagenomics-
dc.subjectMetatranscriptomics-
dc.subjectRNA-seq-
dc.subjectLow-frequency ultrasonic pretreatment-
dc.subjectAnaerobic digestion-
dc.titleMicrobial effects of part-stream low-frequency ultrasonic pretreatment on sludge anaerobic digestion as revealed by high-throughput sequencing-based metagenomics and metatranscriptomics-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailZhang, T: zhangt@hkucc.hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityZhang, T=rp00211-
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version-
dc.identifier.doi10.1186/s13068-018-1042-y-
dc.identifier.pmid29483940-
dc.identifier.pmcidPMC5820786-
dc.identifier.scopuseid_2-s2.0-85042624502-
dc.identifier.hkuros319358-
dc.identifier.volume11-
dc.identifier.issue1-
dc.identifier.spagearticle no. 47-
dc.identifier.epagearticle no. 47-
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000425984600002-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.issnl1754-6834-

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