How can I make bacteria produce hydrogen?

Bruce A. Caldwell caldwelb at
Fri Nov 24 15:17:44 EST 2000

WHY hydrogen and not methane ?  The latter is much easier/safer to handle in
terms of collection, storage, distribution and utilization.  Methanogenesis is
much more common among anaerobic bacteria than  hydrogen production (limited to
a few clostriidia).  Many landfills already 'harvest' bio-methane for internal
use or export.

Ron D. Jones (Florida International University) at one time developed a process
for converting H2 to methane through a bioreactor using crushed oyster shells.

Bruce Caldwell
Forest Science
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR  9731-5752
bruce.caldwell at

il barbi wrote:

> hi, i'm a girl student in environmental engineering at Politechnical School
> of Milano, i'm working at my degree in England on this subject in a
> department of biology where they had already some experience - the target
> would be to make the little beasts to eat organic waste.
> While working i'd like to have a full knowledge of the state of art of this
> research field in the world - if someone can give me some info or link i
> thank him for help
> sara

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