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TitlePoly-ß-hydroxybutyrate metabolism in a biofilm reactor
Author(s)Alves, Cláudia
Nogueira, R.
Brito, A. G.
KeywordsPoly-ß-hydroxybutyrate (PHB)
Sequencing batch biofilm reactor (SBBR)
Nitrogen removal
Issue date2004
PublisherIWA publishing
CitationINTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE BIOFILMS, Las Vegas, 2004 - “Proceedings of the International Conference Biofilms 2004 : structure and activity of biofilms : poster presentations, Las Vegas, NV, USA., 24-26 October, 2004”. [S.l.] : IWA publishing, [2004?]. p. 259-264.
Abstract(s)The aim of this work was the study of poly-ß-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) formation and degradation in a sequencing batch biofilm reactor (SBBR). The SBBR was operated in cycles comprising three individual phases: mixed fill, aerated and draw. A synthetic substrate solution with acetate and ammonium was used. PHB was formed during the aerated phase immediately after acetate depletion, and was subsequently consumed for biomass growth, owing to the high oxygen concentration in the reactor. It was observed a combination of suspended and biofilm growth in the SBBR with predominance of the fixed form of biomass. Maximum PHB fraction of suspended biomass was considerably higher than the one of biofilm. This may possibly be explained by a combination of two factors: lower mass transfer limitation of acetate and higher fraction of heterotrophs in suspended biomass compared to the ones of biofilm.
TypeConference paper
AccessRestricted access (UMinho)
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