Abstract

In order to study the influence of different concentrations of zinc and sulfachloropyridazine sodium (SCPS) on anaerobic digestion (AD) during biogas production, we determined the levels of urease, dehydrogenase activity, and volatile fatty acids (VFAs) in batch tests. The experiments were conducted in small AD devices at a temperature of 37 °C using swine manure and wheat straw as raw materials. Four digestion trials were performed using different zinc and SCPS contents: control digestion with no additives (CK), SCPS at 630 mg kg−1 dry weight (S), SCPS at 630 mg kg−1 with zinc at 500 mg kg−1 dry weight (SL), and SCPS at 630 mg kg−1 with zinc at 5,000 mg kg−1 dry weight (SH). The biogas accumulation under S was 1.7 times that with CK, while SL and SH produced 78% and 35% of that under S, respectively. Correlation analysis showed that the accumulated biogas was significantly negatively correlated (p < 0.05) with VFAs, and the urease activity was significantly negatively correlated (p < 0.01) with zinc and significantly positively correlated with VFAs (p < 0.05). The dehydrogenase activity was strongly correlated (p < 0.01) with the biogas accumulated during the AD of swine manure.

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