Identifying Active Methanotrophs and Mitigation of CH4 Emissions in Landfill Cover Soil

  • Raksha K. Rai
  • Jyoti K. Chetri
  • Stefan J. Green
  • Krishna R. ReddyEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


In the USA, municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills constitute one of the major anthropogenic sources of methane emissions. In the landfill cover soils employed at MSW landfills, aerobic methane-oxidizing bacteria (MOB) convert CH4 to CO2, thereby partially mitigating the CH4 emissions to the atmosphere. In this study, culture-dependent and culture-independent techniques were employed to evaluate methane oxidation capacity and to characterize the microbial community in landfill cover soil. Microcosms with synthetic landfill gas headspace were used to measure potential methane oxidation rates in landfill cover soil and in methanotrophs-enriched microbial consortia. The results demonstrate that the enriched landfill cover soil supported the growth of a diverse group of methanotrophic and methylotrophic microorganisms, and were dominated by Type I methanotrophs showing positive correlation with CH4 oxidation rates.


Methanotrophs CH4 oxidation activity Landfill cover soil Microbial community 



This project is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (Grant CMMI #1724773), which is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raksha K. Rai
    • 1
  • Jyoti K. Chetri
    • 1
  • Stefan J. Green
    • 2
  • Krishna R. Reddy
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Materials EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Sequencing Core, Research Resources Center and Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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