Temperature and moisture effect on spore emission in the fungal biofiltration of hydrophobic VOCs

Alberto Vergara-Fernández*, Vanida Salgado-Ísmodes, Miguel Pino, Sergio Hernández, Sergio Revah

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The effect of temperature and moisture on the elimination capacity (EC), CO2 production and spore emission by Fusarium solani was studied in biofilters packed with vermiculite and fed with n-pentane. Three temperatures (15, 25 and 35°C) were tested and the highest average EC (64 g m -3 h-1) and lower emission of spores (2.0 × 10 3 CFU m-3 air) were obtained at 25°C. The effect of moisture content of the packing material indicates that the highest EC (65 g m-3 h-1) was obtained at 50% moisture. However, lowest emission (1.3 × 103 CFU m-3 air) was obtained at 80% moisture. Furthermore, the results show that a slight decrease in spore emission was found with increasing moisture content. In all cases, the depletion of the nitrogen source in the biofilter induced the sporulation, a decay of the EC and increased spore emission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)605-613
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
The present research has been sponsored by the CONICYT-Chile (National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research) (FONDECYT Project Number 11080036).


  • Fungal biofiltration
  • Fusarium solani
  • Hydrophobic VOCs
  • Moisture
  • Spore emission
  • Temperature


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