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The fate and effect of monensin during anaerobic digestion of dairy manure under mesophilic conditions

Osman A. Arikan, Mulbry Walter, Rice Clifford, Lansing Stephanie
PloS one 2018 v.13 no.2 pp. -
anaerobic digestion, animals, antibiotic residues, dairy manure, feed additives, methane, methane production, monensin, United States
There is growing concern about residual antibiotics and feed additives in the manure of treated animals because of the effects of these residues in the environment. Monensin is the most widely used ionophore coccidiostat in the U.S. The objective of this study was to determine the fate and effect of monensin during the anaerobic digestion of dairy manure. Duplicate plug flow field-scale digesters were operated using non-amended dairy manure and dairy manure amended with monensin to 1 and 10 mg/L for 56 days at 30˚C at an organic loading rate of 1.4 kg VS/m3 -d and 17-day hydraulic retention time. Results showed that monensin was reduced approximately 70% during anaerobic digestion. Methane production from digesters using manure amended with 1 mg/L monensin was comparable to that from digesters operated without added monensin. However, digesters using manure amended with 10 mg/L monensin yielded 75% less methane than digesters using manure without added monensin. These results suggest that anaerobic digestion is an effective treatment for reducing, but not eliminating, monensin in dairy manure. Monensin did not reduce methane production at concentrations expected in dairy manure at recommended dosage rates.