Bioaugmentation for treating transient or continuous p-nitrophenol shock loads in an aerobic sequencing batch reactor

Mariángel Martín-Hernández, María Eugenia Suárez-Ojeda, Julián Carrera

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Abstract

Bioaugmentation with an enriched microbial population was applied in an aerobic sequencing batch reactor (SBR) receiving transient or continuous shock loads of p-nitrophenol (PNP). The effect of the amount of biomass added for bioaugmentation was assessed by using two different dosages (2% or 5% w/w of the total biomass in the seeded SBR). In both cases, total PNP removal was achieved during the transient PNP shock load occurring after bioaugmentation. However, after a long PNP starvation period the only experiment still showing total PNP removal during a second PNP shock load was the one where a dosage of 5% w/w was applied. The results suggested that the dosage is a key factor for the implementation of a successful bioaugmentation strategy. In addition, the performance of a bioaugmented SBR receiving a continuous PNP shock load was enhanced when compared to a non-bioaugmented SBR. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-156
JournalBioresource Technology
Volume123
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Bioaugmentation
  • Enriched microbial population
  • FISH
  • Industrial wastewater
  • P-nitrophenol bio degradation

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