Solid-state anaerobic digestion of spent wheat straw from horse stall

Zhifang Cui, Jian Shi, Yebo Li

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The spent wheat straw from horse stall bedding has lower cellulose and hemicellulose contents, but higher volatile fatty acid content than raw wheat straw. Biogas production from solid-state anaerobic digestion (SS-AD) of spent wheat straw and raw wheat straw was compared in this study. The SS-AD tests were conducted at 22% total solids (TS) content using inoculum from a liquid AD system at three feedstock-to-inoculum (F/. I) ratios of 2.0, 4.0, and 6.0. Daily methane yields of spent wheat straw peaked 8 and 3. days earlier than those of raw wheat straw at F/. I ratios of 2.0 and 4.0, respectively. The highest methane yield of 150.0. L/kg volatile solids (VS) was obtained from spent wheat straw at an F/. I ratio of 4.0, which was 56.2% higher than that of raw wheat straw. The corresponding cellulose and hemicellulose degradation of spent wheat straw was 24.1% and 49.4% higher than those of raw wheat straw, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9432-9437
Number of pages6
JournalBioresource Technology
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project is supported by funding from Belcan Corporation . The authors would like to thank Mrs. Mary Wicks (Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU) for reading through the manuscript and providing useful suggestions.


  • Biogas
  • Biomass
  • Solid-state anaerobic digestion
  • Spent wheat straw
  • Wheat straw

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Waste Management and Disposal


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