Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology

, Volume 53, Issue 2, pp 242–249 | Cite as

Methane production by anaerobic digestion of organic waste from vegetable processing facilities

  • M. A. Gladchenko
  • D. A. Kovalev
  • A. A. Kovalev
  • Yu. V. Litti
  • A. N. Nozhevnikova


The article concerns converting waste from vegetable processing facilities into methane in anaerobic reactors with a small amount of inoculum (8.4%). Anaerobic digestion of vegetable waste with a high content of organic acids and carbohydrates makes it possible to achieve a methanogenesis productivity of 273–436 L CH4/kg of volatile solidis, which is comparable to or higher than the productivity of such reactors in the world (according to the literature). The contents of ammonia nitrogen and soluble phosphorus in the form of on undiluted substrate basis in the digested vegetable wastes ranged from 3.39 to 5.06 and from 0.78 to 1.03 g/L respectively. Thus, mineralized vegetable waste can be used as an organic fertilizer with a high nutrient content. The results show the feasibility of the technology of conversion of organic waste from vegetable processing facilities into methane and organic fertilizer in anaerobic fermenters (digesters).


organic waste vegetable waste anaerobic degradation methanogenesis biogas methane 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. A. Gladchenko
    • 1
  • D. A. Kovalev
    • 2
  • A. A. Kovalev
    • 2
  • Yu. V. Litti
    • 3
  • A. N. Nozhevnikova
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia
  2. 2.All-Russia Research Institute for Electrification of AgricultureMoscowRussia
  3. 3.Winogradsky Institute of Microbiology, Fundamentals of Biotechnology Federal Research CenterRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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