Journal article

A review and update of the microbiology of enhanced biological phosphorus removal in wastewater treatment plants

LL Blackall, G Crocetti, AM Saunders, PL Bond

ANTONIE VAN LEEUWENHOEK INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF GENERAL AND MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY | KLUWER ACADEMIC PUBL | Published : 2002

Abstract

Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) from wastewater can be more-or-less practically achieved but the microbiological and biochemical components are not completely understood. EBPR involves cycling microbial biomass and influent wastewater through anaerobic and aerobic zones to achieve a selection of microorganisms with high capacity to accumulate polyphosphate intracellularly in the aerobic period. Biochemical or metabolic modelling of the process has been used to explain the types of carbon and phosphorus transformations in sludge biomass. There are essentially two broad-groupings of microorganisms involved in EBPR. They are polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) and their su..

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