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Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) technology for monitoring biological foaming in activated sludge: full scale plant verification.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18613618     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) technology was evaluated as a monitoring tool for quantification of Gordonia amarae in activated sludge systems. The fatty acid, 19:1 alcohol, which was identified as a unique fatty acid in G. amarae was not only confirmed to be present in foaming plant samples, but the quantity of the signature peak correlated closely with the degree of foaming. Foaming potential experiment provided a range of critical foaming levels that corresponded to G. amarae population. This range of critical Gordonia levels was correlated to the threshold signature FAME amount. Six full-scale wastewater treatment plants were selected based on a survey to participate in our full-scale study to evaluate the potential application of the FAME technique as the Gordonia monitoring tool. Greater amounts of signature FAME were extracted from the mixed liquor samples obtained from treatment plants experiencing Gordonia foaming problems. The amounts of signature FAME correlated well with the conventional filamentous counting technique. These results demonstrated that the relative abundance of the signature FAMEs can be used to quantitatively monitor the abundance of foam-causing microorganism in activated sludge.
J W Lee; D K Cha; I Kim; A Son; K H Ahn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Environmental technology     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0959-3330     ISO Abbreviation:  Environ Technol     Publication Date:  2008 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-07-10     Completed Date:  2008-10-17     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9884939     Medline TA:  Environ Technol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  199-206     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Environmental Engineering, Korea University, ChoongNam 339-800, Korea.
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MeSH Terms
Alcohols / analysis*
Chromatography, Gas
Equipment Design
Esters / chemistry*
Fatty Acids / metabolism*
Gordonia Bacterium / genetics,  metabolism
Oxygen / chemistry
Time Factors
Waste Disposal, Fluid / methods
Water Microbiology
Water Purification
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Alcohols; 0/Esters; 0/Fatty Acids; 0/Sewage; 7782-44-7/Oxygen

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