publication . Article . 2015

A novel approach for harnessing biofilm communities in moving bed biofilm reactors for industrial wastewater treatment

Iain George; Joseph Lemire; Howard Ceri; Raymond J. Turner; Marc A. Demeter;
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  • Published: 01 Oct 2015 Journal: AIMS Bioengineering, volume 2, pages 387-403 (issn: 2375-1495, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Institute of Mathematical Sciences (AIMS)
Abstract
Moving bed biofilm reactors (MBBRs) are an effective biotechnology for treating industrial wastewater. Biomass retention on moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) carriers (biofilm support materials), allows for the ease-of-operation and high treatment capacity of MBBR systems. Optimization of MBBR systems has largely focused on aspects of carrier design, while little attention has been paid to enhancing strategies for harnessing microbial biomass. Previously, our research group demonstrated that mixed-species biofilms can be harvested from an industrial wastewater inoculum [oil sands process water (OSPW)] using the Calgary Biofilm Device (CBD). Moreover, the resulta...
Subjects
free text keywords: MBBR, oil sand, Chemical engineering, TP155-156, Biotechnology, TP248.13-248.65, Medical technology, R855-855.5, Bioremediation, Moving bed biofilm reactor, Biomass, Industrial wastewater treatment, Population, education.field_of_study, education, Waste management, Wastewater, Biofilm, Microbial inoculant, Materials science
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