Microbial Selection on Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal Systems Fed Exclusively with Glucose

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World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology





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The microbial selection on an enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) system was investigated in a laboratory-scale sequencing batch reactor fed exclusively with glucose as the carbon source. Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization analysis was performed to target two polyphosphate accumulating organisms (PAOs) (i.e., Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis and Microlunatus phosphovorus) and two glycogen accumulating organisms (GAOs) (i.e.,Candidatus Competibacter phosphatis and Micropruina glycogenica). The results show that glucose might not select for Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis. However, Microlunatus phosphovorus, Candidatus Competibacter phosphatis, and Micropruina glycogenica might be selected. The highest percent relative abundance (% RA) of Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis was about 42%; this occurred at the beginning of the experimental period when phosphorus removal was efficient. However, the % RA of these bacteria decreased, reaching below 4% at the end of the run. The maximum % RA of Microlunatus phosphovorus,Candidatus Competibacter phosphatis, and Micropruina glycogenica was about 21, 37, 17%, respectively. It appears that a higher glucose concentration might be detrimental forMicrolunatus phosphovorus and Micropruina glycogenica. Results also indicate a dominance of GAOs over PAOs when EBPR systems are fed with glucose. It is possible that the GAOs outcompete the PAOs at low pH values; it has been reported that at low pH, GAOs use glycogen as the energy source to uptake glucose. As a result, P-removal deteriorated. Therefore, glucose is not a strong candidate as a carbon source to supplement EBPR systems that do not contain sufficient volatile fatty acids.


Actinomycetales; Actinomycetales/growth & development; Actinomycetales/metabolism; Betaproteobacteria/growth & development; Betaproteobacteria/metabolism; Bioreactors; Bioreactors/microbiology; EBPR; Fluorescence in situ hybridization; Gammaproteobacteria/growth & development; Gammaproteobacteria/metabolism; GAO; Glucose; Glucose—Metabolism; Glucose/metabolism; In situ hybridization; In situ hybridization; Fluorescence; Microbial selection; PAO; Phosphorus; Phosphorus—Metabolism; Phosphorus/metabolism; Phosphorus removal


Bioimaging and Biomedical Optics | Biological Engineering | Biomechanics and Biotransport | Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Environmental Health and Protection | Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Sciences | Molecular, Cellular, and Tissue Engineering




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