Investigation of bacterial populations in a biological nutrient removal system
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The results indicated that several different genera of bacteria are involved in the removal of phosphorus in an operating BNR system. Four major groups of phosphorus storing bacteria, Aeromonas/Vibrio, coliforms, Pseudomonas spp and Acinetobacter spp, were recovered. The identification of cultures on denitrification medium also recovered Pseudomonas, Aeromonas, coliforms and Acinetobacter, indicating the overlap in the function of these genera. The phosphorus accumulations in three of the tested cultures showed accumulations in excess of 10 percent.
The MPN's of bacteria in acetate and propionate media obtained using samples from the pilot scale BNR system and a full scale activated sludge system were statistically analyzed. The analyses showed significant differences between MPN in acetate and propionate medium using samples from the BNR system, whereas there were no significant differences in samples from the conventional activated sludge plant. The possibility of the application of these data in process control and modeling is proposed.
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