Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 42, Issue 2–3, pp 452–456 | Cite as

Synergistic degradation of acetamide by methanogens and an aerobic Gram-positive rod

  • J. -P. Guyot
  • F. Ramirez
  • B. Ollivier
Original Paper


Methanogenesis from acetamide occurs through a two-step reaction in methanogenic sludges. First, acetamide is transformed to acetate and ammonia, then, acetate is converted to methane. There is evidence that the first step is performed by an aerobic sporulating rod that co-exists in the same sludge with methanogens. This finding provides new perspectives for further technological developments in the field of waste-water treatment, on the basis of the establishment of controlled relationships between aerobes and strict anaerobes.


Acetate Ammonia Methane Sludge Technological Development 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. -P. Guyot
    • 1
  • F. Ramirez
    • 2
  • B. Ollivier
    • 3
  1. 1.Laboratoire de BiotechnologieORSTOM, UBFMontpellier CedexFrance
  2. 2.Departamento de BiotecnologiaUniversidad Autonoma Metropolitana, ORSTOMMexico D.F.Mexico
  3. 3.Laboratoire de Microbiologie ORSTOMUniversité de ProvenceMarseille CedexFrance

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