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Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 2017;30(11): 1660-1666.
DOI:    Published online September 18, 2017.
Comparison of bacterial communities in leachate from decomposing bovine carcasses
Seung Hak Yang1,*  , Hee Kwon Ahn2, Bong Soo Kim3, Sun Sik Chang1, Ki Yong Chung1, Eun Mi Lee1, Kwang Seok Ki1, Eung Gi Kwon1
1Hanwoo Research Institute, National Institute of Animal Science, Rural Development Administration, Pyeongchang 25340, Korea
2Department of Animal Biosystems Science, Chungnam National University, Daejeon 34134, Korea
3Department of Life Science, Hallym University, Chuncheon 24252, Korea
Correspondence:  Seung Hak Yang, Tel: +82-33-330-0612, Fax: +82-33-330-0660, Email:
Received: 26 July 2017   • Revised: 8 September 2017   • Accepted: 15 September 2017
Objective: Burial is associated with environmental effects such as the contamination of ground or surface water with biological materials generated during the decomposition process. Therefore, bacterial communities in leachates originating from the decomposing bovine carcasses were investigated.


To understand the process of bovine (Hanwoo) carcass decomposition, we simulated burial using a lab-scale reactor with a volume of 5.15 m3. Leachate samples from 3 carcasses were collected using a peristaltic pump once a month for a period of 5 months, and bacterial communities in samples were identified by pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene.


We obtained a total of 110,442 reads from the triplicate samples of various sampling time points (total of 15 samples), and found that the phylum Firmicutes was dominant at most sampling times. Differences in the bacterial communities at the various time points were observed among the triplicate samples. The bacterial communities sampled at 4 months showed the most different compositions. The genera Pseudomonas and Psychrobacter in the phylum Proteobacteria were dominant in all of the samples obtained after 3 months. Bacillaceae, Clostridium, and Clostridiales were found to be predominant after 4 months in the leachate from one carcass, whereas Planococcaceae was found to be a dominant in samples obtained at the first and second months from the other two carcasses. The results showed that potentially pathogenic microbes such as Clostridium derived from bovine leachate could dominate the soil environment of a burial site.
Our results indicated that the composition of bacterial communities in leachates of a decomposing bovine shifted continuously during the experimental period, with significant changes detected after 4 months of burial.
Keywords: Hanwoo; Decomposition; Leachate; Bacterial Community; Firmicutes; Pyrosequencing
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