Journal article

Comparison of acetate and propionate uptake by polyphosphate accumulating organisms and glycogen accumulating organisms

A Oehmen, ZG Yuan, LL Blackall, J Keller

BIOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOENGINEERING | WILEY | Published : 2005

Abstract

Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) performance is directly affected by the competition between polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) and glycogen accumulating organisms (GAOs). This study investigates the effects of carbon source on PAO and GAO metabolism. Enriched PAO and GAO cultures were tested with the two most commonly found volatile fatty acids (VFAs) in wastewater systems, acetate and propionate. Four sequencing batch reactors (SBRs) were operated under similar conditions and influent compositions with either acetate or propionate as the sole carbon source. The stimulus for selection of the PAO and GAO phenotypes was provided only through variation of the phosphorus c..

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