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Microbiology of Activated Sludge - Robert J. Seviour

Microbiology of Activated Sludge

By: Robert J. Seviour (Editor), L. Blackall (Editor)

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Published: January 1998
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Waste water treatment is the largest biotechnology industry in the world, handling and disposing of domestic and industrial wastes so they present no threat to the general populace or the environment at large. The activated sludge process is the cornerstone of sewage treatment systems. Although it is a biological process and has been in use for more than 80 years, we still lack detailed understanding of how it works and how its performance might be better controlled and manipulated. This book presents a comprehensive review of what is currently known about the general microbiology of activated sludge and some of the bacteria responsible for the major operational problems encountered. Current understanding and the existing literature are critically assessed and new potentially valuable areas for research suggested. Methodology particularly appropriate to the study of the bacteria that cause bulking and foaming is described, and there is an identification section consisting of photomicrographs and detailed descriptions of the filamentous and other bacteria commonly seen in activated sludge plants. The impact of molecular methods on our understanding of activated sludge microbiology is emphasized throughout the book. The book will be of immediate interest to both microbiologists and waste water engineers, and has been written so as to be relevant and understandable to both. It will also be of interest and value to postgraduate students and researchers working in the fields of environmental engineering, general microbiology and microbial ecology.

Preface
List of Contributors
Introduction to the microorganisms found in activated sludge processesp. 1
The activated sludge processp. 44
The normal microbial communities of activated sludge plantsp. 76
Factors affecting the occurrence of filamentous bacteria in activated sludge plantsp. 99
Current taxonomic status of filamentous bacteria found in activated sludge plantsp. 122
Bulkingp. 147
Foamingp. 161
The microbiology of nitrogen removal in activated sludge systemsp. 203
Microbiological aspects of phosphorus removal in activated sludge systemsp. 227
Practical methods for the examination and characterization of activated sludgep. 257
Descriptions of the filamentous bacteria causing bulking and foaming in activated sludge plantsp. 301
Glossaryp. 349
Referencesp. 354
Indexp. 410
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ISBN: 9780412793806
ISBN-10: 0412793806
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 422
Published: January 1998
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.81
Weight (kg): 1.01