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Received April 16, 2001,Revised November 13, 2001, Accepted , Available online

Volume 14,2002,Pages 406-412

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Activity development of key groups of enzymes involved in municipal refuse decomposition was measured in laboratory landfill hioreactors with and without leachate recycling and inoculation for about 210 days.The results showed that the enzymes (amylase,protease,cellulase,lipase and pectinase ) were present in fresh refuse but at low values and positively affected hy leachate recycling and refuse inoculation.The total average of cellulase activity in digesters D3 operated with leachate recycling but no inoculation,D4 and D5 operated with leachate recycling and inoculation was much higher than that in digesters D1 and D2 without leachate recycling and inoculation by 88%-127%,117%-162% and 64%-98%.The total average of protease activity was higher in digester D4 than that in digesters D1,D2,D3and D5 by 63%,39%,24% and 24%,respectively,and the positive effect of leachate recycli.ng and inoculation on protease activity of landfilled refuse mainly was at the first two months.The total average of amylase activity was higher in digesters D3,D4 and D5 than that in digesters D1 and D2 by 83%-132%,96%-148% and 81%-129%.During the early phase of incubation,the stimulatory effect of inoculation on lipase activity was measured,but refuse moisture was the main factor affecting lipase activity of landfilled refuse.The inoculation,initial and continuous inoculation of microorganisms existing in leachate,was the mainly stimulatory factor affecting pectinase activity of landfilled refuse.

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