Response of an EBPR population developed in an SBR with propionate to different carbon sources

Maite Pijuan, Juan Antonio Baeza, Carles Casas, Javier Lafuente

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The effect of different carbon sources (propionate, acetate, butyrate and glucose) on an enhanced biological phosphorus removal biomass developed with propionate as the sole carbon source was studied. Firstly, a group of different cycle studies was carried out using each substrate independently and then, another cycle study was performed with a mixture of substrates. Propionate was found to be the substrate with the highest substrate uptake rate in both sets of experiments. It was also the volatile fatty acid (VFA) which required less reducing power and less P-release to be uptaken. Four different polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) monomers produced during the anaerobic phase were detected, and PHB, PHV and PH2MV were quantified. Significant differences in PHA composition were obtained depending on the carbon source. The carbon recovery ratio for the anaerobic phase was also evaluated. The lowest value observed among the different cycle studies was obtained for butyrate, while the highest value was obtained for acetate. © IWA Publishing 2004.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-138
JournalWater Science and Technology
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004


  • Carbon source
  • Enchanced biological phosphorus removal
  • Phosphorus accumulating organisms
  • Polyhydroxyalkanoates
  • Volatile fatty acids


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