[en] Eleven pure strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria have been isolated from lab-scale bioreactors or disposal sites, all featuring relatively high concentrations of sulfate, and from natural environments in order to produce sulfide from gypsum using hydrogen as energy source. The properties of the eleven strains have been investigated and compared to these of three collection strains i.e. Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and vulgaris and Desulfotomaculum orientis. Particular attention was paid to the absolute and relative sulfide production rate and to the hydrogen sulfide inhibition level. By comparison to the collection strains, a 75 % higher production rate and a hydrogen sulfide inhibition level about twice higher i.e. 25.1 mM have been achieved with strains isolated from sulfate-rich environments. The strain selection, particularly from sulfate-rich environments, should be considered as an optimization factor for the sulfate reduction processes.
Centre Wallon de Biologie Industrielle
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