Advances in enhanced biological phosphorus removal: from micro to macro scale

Oehmen, A. M., Lemos, P.C., Carvalho, G., Yuan, Z., Keller, J., Blackall, L. L. and Reis, M. A. M. (2007) Advances in enhanced biological phosphorus removal: from micro to macro scale. Water Research, 41 11: 2271-2300. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2007.02.030

Author Oehmen, A. M.
Lemos, P.C.
Carvalho, G.
Yuan, Z.
Keller, J.
Blackall, L. L.
Reis, M. A. M.
Title Advances in enhanced biological phosphorus removal: from micro to macro scale
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1354
Publication date 2007
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2007.02.030
Volume 41
Issue 11
Start page 2271
End page 2300
Total pages 30
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2008
Language eng
Subject C1
291199 Environmental Engineering not elsewhere classified
779999 Other
Abstract The enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) process has been implemented in many wastewater treatment plants worldwide. While the EBPR process is indeed capable of efficient phosphorus (P) removal performance, disturbances and prolonged periods of insufficient P removal have been observed at full-scale plants on numerous occasions under conditions that are seemingly favourable for EBPR. Recent studies in this field have utilised a wide range of approaches to address this problem, from studying the microorganisms that are primarily responsible for or detrimental to this process, to determining their biochemical pathways and developing mathematical models that facilitate better prediction of process performance. The overall goal of each of these studies is to obtain a more detailed insight into how the EBPR process works, where the best way of achieving this objective is through linking together the information obtained using these different approaches. This review paper critically assesses the recent advances that have been achieved in this field, particularly relating to the areas of EBPR microbiology, biochemistry, process operation and process modelling. Potential areas for future research are also proposed. Although previous research in this field has undoubtedly improved our level of understanding, it is clear that much remains to be learned about the process, as many unanswered questions still remain. One of the challenges appears to be the integration of the existing and growing scientific knowledge base with the observations and applications in practice, which this paper hopes to partially achieve. (C) 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Keyword Polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO), Glycogen accumulating organism (GAO),
Poly-b-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA), Volatile fatty acid (VFA)
Engineering, Environmental
Environmental Sciences
Water Resources
polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO)
glycogen accumulating organism (GAO)
poly-beta-hydroxyalkanoate (PHA)
volatile fatty acid (VIA)
biological nutrient removal (BNR)
Glycogen-accumulating Organisms
Waste-water Treatment
Sequencing Batch Reactor
Activated-sludge Systems
In-situ Identification
Sole Carbon Source
Model No. 3
Anaerobic Substrate Uptake
Excess Phosphate Removal
Bio-p Module
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) - Collection
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