Conditions Favoring Proliferation of Glycogen Accumulating Organisms for Excess Biological Carbon Removal in Treating Nutrient Deficient Wastewater

  • Andrea Jobbágy Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology Budapest University of Technology and Economics
  • Bernadett Kiss
  • Vince Bakos Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science Faculty of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Abstract

Impact of marginal availability and severe deficiency of nitrogen on the growth of glycogen accumulating organisms (GAOs) and performance of anaerobic/aerobic activated sludge systems treating nutrient deficient wastewater was investigated at marginal availability and severe deficiency of phosphorus.
Two continuous-flow lab-scale systems were operated simultaneously fed by model winery wastewater, one with marginal availability and the other one at severe deficiency of nitrogen. In the second experimental stage, marginal availability of P was converted into severe deficiency by interrupting external dosing.
Common practice of dosing N- and P-sources to marginal availability caused enhanced proliferation of filamentous bacteria leading to poor biomass settling and instable operation. At marginal N-availability accumulation of GAOs started when conditions became deficient for phosphorus. In severe lack of nitrogen GAOs overgrew filaments, and outcompeted phosphorous accumulating organisms (PAOs) initially present in the seed. Stable and good performance could be maintained even after withdrawal of phosphorous dosing.

Keywords

nutrient deficiency, GAO proliferation, marginal nitrogen availability, external nutrient dosing, activated sludge treatment
Published in Onlinefirst
28-04-2017
How to Cite
JOBBÁGY, Andrea; KISS, Bernadett; BAKOS, Vince. Conditions Favoring Proliferation of Glycogen Accumulating Organisms for Excess Biological Carbon Removal in Treating Nutrient Deficient Wastewater. Periodica Polytechnica Chemical Engineering, [S.l.], v. 61, n. 3, p. 149-155, 2017. ISSN 1587-3765. Available at: <https://pp.bme.hu/ch/article/view/10078>. Date accessed: 21 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.3311/PPch.10078.
Section
Articles