Development of advanced microbial communities for enhancing waste hydrolysis processes : insights from the application of molecular biology tools
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Anaerobic digestion (AD) is an environmentally attractive technology for conversion of various solid wastes to energy. However, despite numerous benefits, AD applications to OFMSW remain limited in North America due to economic barriers with existing technologies. Suboptimal conditions in anaerobic digesters (e.g., presence of common inhibitors ammonia and salinity) limit waste hydrolysis in AD and lead to unstable performance and process failures compromising economic viability. To guide development of microbial management strategies to avoid process upsets and failures due to inhibitors, ...