African Journal of
Microbiology Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Microbiol. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0808
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJMR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 5230

Full Length Research Paper

Effectiveness of inoculation with isolated Anoxybacillus sp. MGA110 on municipal solid waste composting process

  Shabnam Ghaffari1*, Abbas Akhavan Sepahi2, Mohammad Reza Razavi3, Fereydon Malekzadeh4 and Hossein Haydarian5
  1Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. 2Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Tehran North Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran. 3Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran. 4University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran. 5Department of Agricultural Biotechnology Engineering, Payame Noor University, Tehran, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 31 October 2011
  •  Published: 16 December 2011



Anoxybacillus sp. MGA110, a thermophilic cellulolytic bacterium, was isolated from municipal solid waste (MSW) composting and characterized by 16S rRNA sequencing. A pure culture of the isolated strain was applied to municipal solid waste composting as inoculum. The results of inoculation showed that the biodegradation of organic matter was quicker than the control as indicated by more reduction in C/N ratio. The inoculation increased duration of thermophilic phase, cellulase activity and number of thermophilic bacteria during the composting process. Hence, it can be concluded that inoculation with the isolated strain can accelerate composting process and promote biodegradation of organic matter as this reduces C/N ratio faster and increases cellulase activity more.


Key wordsAnoxybacillus sp., cellulolytic, compost, inoculation and thermophilic.