Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology

, Volume 177, Issue 7, pp 1541–1552 | Cite as

Effect of Salinity on Methanogenic Propionate Degradation by Acclimated Marine Sediment-Derived Culture

  • Toyokazu Miura
  • Akihisa Kita
  • Yoshiko Okamura
  • Tsunehiro Aki
  • Yukihiko Matsumura
  • Takahisa Tajima
  • Junichi Kato
  • Yutaka NakashimadaEmail author


Degradation of propionate under high salinity is needed for biomethane production from salt-containing feedstocks. In this study, marine sediment-derived culture was evaluated to determine the effect of salinity on methanogenic propionate degradation. Microbes in marine sediments were subjected to fed-batch cultivation on propionate for developing acclimatized cultures. The rate of propionate degradation increased eightfold during 10 rounds of cultivation. Microbial community composition was determined through pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA gene amplicons after 10 rounds of cultivation. Taxa analysis was conducted for the reads obtained by pyrosequencing. Known propionate degraders were undetectable in the acclimated culture. Comparison of bacterial taxa in the original sediment with those in the acclimated culture revealed that the populations of four bacterial taxa were significantly increased during acclimation. Methanolobus was the predominant archaea genus in the acclimated culture. The propionate degradation rate of the acclimated culture was not affected by salinity of up to equivalent of 1.9 % NaCl. The rate decreased at higher salinity levels and was more than 50 % of the maximum rate even at equivalent of 4.3 % NaCl.


Methane production Acetogenesis Salt tolerance Marine sediments Microbial community Propionate degraders Methanogens 



This work was supported by the Core Research of Evolutional Science and Technology program (CREST) from the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toyokazu Miura
    • 1
    • 3
  • Akihisa Kita
    • 1
    • 3
  • Yoshiko Okamura
    • 1
    • 3
  • Tsunehiro Aki
    • 1
    • 3
  • Yukihiko Matsumura
    • 2
    • 3
  • Takahisa Tajima
    • 1
    • 3
  • Junichi Kato
    • 1
  • Yutaka Nakashimada
    • 1
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Molecular Biotechnology, Graduate School of Advanced Sciences of MatterHiroshima UniversityHigashiJapan
  2. 2.Division of Energy and Environmental Engineering, Institute of EngineeringHiroshima UniversityHigashiJapan
  3. 3.CRESTJST, 4-1-8 HonchoKawaguchiJapan

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