A method for measuring the potential activity of methanogenic bacteria in waste disposals

  • Wolfgang Neumeier
  • Eberhard Küster
Environmental Microbiology


A new method is described measuring the methane-forming potentials of model disposals. The methane production of samples which were taken from lysimeters containing about 100 cbm of municipal waste material, was measured in laboratory experiments. The samples were filled in flasks and gassed with a mixture of H2/CO2 as a substrate for methane formation. A gaschromatograph with only a one-feet-column is used determining the quantity of the methane formed.

Preliminary measurements show different methanogenic activities between “aerobic lysimeters” well supplied with oxygen and those under mainly anaerobic conditions.


Oxygen Methane Laboratory Experiment Anaerobic Condition Waste Disposal 
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© Springer-Verlag 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Neumeier
    • 1
  • Eberhard Küster
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Mikrobiologie und Landeskultur,-MikrobiologieJustus-Liebig-UniversitätGiessenFederal Republic of Germany

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