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Group-specific quantification of methanotrophs in landfill gas-purged laboratory biofilters by tyramide signal amplification-fluorescence in situ hybridization

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6426-6433
Number of pages8
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The aim of this study was to quantitatively analyse methanotrophs in two laboratory landfill biofilters at different biofilter depths and at temperatures which mimicked the boreal climatic conditions. Both biofilters were dominated by type I methanotrophs. The biofilter depth profiles showed that type I methanotrophs occurred in the upper layer, where relatively high O2 and low CH4 concentrations were present, whereas type II methanotrophs were mostly distributed in the zone with high CH4 and low O2 concentrations. The number of type I methanotrophic cells declined when the temperature was raised from 15 °C to 23 °C, but increased when lowered to 5 °C. A slight decrease in type II methanotrophs was also observed when the temperature was raised from 15 °C to 23 °C, whereas cell numbers remained constant when lowered to 5 °C. The results indicated that low temperature conditions favored both type I and type II methanotrophs in the biofilters.


  • Biofilter, Landfill cover soil, Methane oxidation, Methanotrophs, Tyramide signal amplification-fluorescence in situ hybridization