When the microscope was invented we always feared contracting diseases from deadly bacteria. But now its a whole different matter; is it time for the Bacteria to redeem itself and proclaim that hey, “I’m the missing piece to the waste and energy problem you’ve been having”. In this article we aim to look at bacteria in a new light, as a friend not foe.
What is Anaerobic Digestion?
Let us dissect what goes in Acidogenesis but first we need to define the meaning of Acidogenesis and the contribution of Anaerobic bacteria in the process so according to Webster’s dictionary Acidogenesis its defined as the second stage in the four stages of anaerobic digestion and A biological reaction where simple monomers are converted into volatile fatty acids let me put it in a more simple way monomer means a atom or a small molecule that may bind chemically to other monomers basically it changes the structure of the atom to fatty acids this would in turn aid in the process for the next stage in making methane which is a natural gas made from waste of animals and other waste from landfills. Before we tackle the different stages, we should focus on Acidogenesis for us to be able understand how the process works from a simple stand point. I will show you a basic illustration.
If you check out the Illustration below you will see that in Acidogenesis monomers are converted to Sugars, Fatty acids and Amino acids. Sugars are simple carbohydrates while Fatty acids are a type of carboxylic acid, meaning acids that are derived from carbohydrates and lastly Amino acids are from a amine group a type of carboxylic acid as well.
Four Stages of Acidogenesis
1. Hydrolysis-A chemical reaction where particulates are solubilized and large polymers converted into simpler monomers.
2. Acetogenesis- A biological reaction where volatile fatty acids are converted into acetic acid, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen.
3. Acetogenesis- A biological reaction where volatile fatty acids are converted into acetic acid, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen.
4. Methanogenesis- A biological reaction where acetates are converted into methane and carbon dioxide, while hydrogen is consumed.
The Process of Anaerobic Digestion
In conclusion, we should thank bacteria in aiding us in finding profitable means of changing our waste problems into money. Anyways its part of nature to recycle and without the presence of bacteria methane wont be existing as a biodegradable gas that we use to convert to Green energy.