Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 147–151 | Cite as

Photoproduction of molecular hydrogen from waste water of a sugar refinery by photosynthetic bacteria

  • Reinhard Bolliger
  • Hans Zürrer
  • Reinhard Bachofen
Environmental Microbiology


From enrichment cultures inoculated with water and sediments of a waste-water pond of a sugar refinery several photosynthetic nonsulphur bacteria have been isolated and tested for the ability to produce molecular hydrogen in the light. Strains have been found that utilize the freshly used, untreated waste substrate with higher yields than the laboratory strain used so far. Under the test conditions one strain showed higher hydrogen production rates from waste water than from any synthetic substrate.


Hydrogen Sugar Waste Water Production Rate Hydrogen Production 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhard Bolliger
    • 1
  • Hans Zürrer
    • 1
  • Reinhard Bachofen
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Plant BiologyZürichSwitzerland

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