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Behavior of polymeric substrates in an aerobic granular sludge system.
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PMID:  20817210     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Particulate and slowly biodegradable substrates form an important fraction of industrial wastewater and sewage. To study the influence of suspended solids and colloidal substrate on the morphology and performance of aerobic granular sludge, suspended and soluble starch was used as a model substrate. Degradation was studied using microscopy, micro-electrode measurements, batch experiments and long term laboratory scale reactor operation. Starch was removed by adsorption at the granule surface, followed by hydrolysis and consumption of the hydrolyzed products. Aerobic granules could be maintained on starch as sole influent carbon source, but their structure was filamentous and irregular. It is hypothesized that this is related to the low starch hydrolysis rates, leading to available substrate during the aeration period (extended feast period) and resulting in increased substrate gradients over the granules. The latter induces a less uniform granule development. Starch adsorbed and was consumed at the granule surface instead of being accumulated inside the granules as occurs for soluble substrates. Therefore the simultaneous denitrification efficiencies remained low. Moreover, many protozoa and metazoans were observed in laboratory reactors as well as in pilot- and full-scale Nereda(®) reactors, indicating an important role in the removal of suspended solids too.
M K de Kreuk; N Kishida; S Tsuneda; M C M van Loosdrecht
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-08-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Water research     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1879-2448     ISO Abbreviation:  Water Res.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0105072     Medline TA:  Water Res     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  5929-38     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Biotechnology, Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 67, 628BC Delft, The Netherlands.
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