Journal article

The development and use of real-time PCR for the quantification of nitrifiers in activated sludge

SJ Hall, P Hugenholtz, N Siyambalapitiya, J Keller, LL Blackall

WATER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY | I W A PUBLISHING | Published : 2002

Abstract

Chemical analytical data has long been used to monitor the performance of activated sludge plants even though the process relies on the performance of microorganisms. It is now evident that a rapid and reliable quantitative method is required, to be able to monitor the organisms responsible for nutrient transformation and their activities, allowing avenues for more efficient nutrient removal. The development of real-time or quantitative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) also known as TaqMan or 5'-nuclease assay has allowed the rapid, quantitative analysis of DNA templates, eliminating some of the variability traditionally associated with other quantitative techniques. In this study analysis of..

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