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Journal Cover Biodegradation
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   ISSN (Print) 1572-9729 - ISSN (Online) 0923-9820
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  • Advanced oxidation process and biological treatments for table olive
           processing wastewaters: constraints and a novel approach to integrated
           recycling process: a review
    • Authors: Lamia Ayed; Nedra Asses; Nadia Chammem; Nada Ben Othman; Moktar Hamdi
      Pages: 125 - 138
      Abstract: Abstract Table olive processing wastewaters constitute a dangerous environmental problem in the Mediterranean countries because of their large volumes, high organic matter and salt concentration. The quantity and the characteristics of wastewaters produced, and thus, their environmental impact, varied depending on the season, varieties, soil and process employed. Several chemicals, biological and combined technologies have proven effective at bringing down organic pollution and toxicity of these effluents. Advanced oxidation processes have recognized as highly efficient treatments for the degradation of organic matter. Nonetheless, complete mineralization is generally expensive without salt removal. Biological processes are the most environmentally compatible and least-expensive treatment methods, but these operations do not always provide satisfactory results. This article surveys the current available technologies and suggests an effective, cheaper alternative for the recycling and the valorization of green table olives wastewaters.
      PubDate: 2017-06-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9782-0
      Issue No: Vol. 28, No. 2-3 (2017)
  • Characterization of the biodegradation, bioremediation and detoxification
           capacity of a bacterial consortium able to degrade the fungicide
    • Authors: Chiara Perruchon; Anastasios Pantoleon; Dimitrios Veroutis; Sara Gallego-Blanco; F. Martin-Laurent; Kalliopi Liadaki; Dimitrios G. Karpouzas
      Abstract: Abstract Thiabendazole (TBZ) is a persistent fungicide used in the post-harvest treatment of fruits. Its application results in the production of contaminated effluents which should be treated before their environmental discharge. In the absence of efficient treatment methods in place, biological systems based on microbial inocula with specialized degrading capacities against TBZ could be a feasible treatment approach. Only recently the first bacterial consortium able to rapidly transform TBZ was isolated. This study aimed to characterize its biodegradation, bioremediation and detoxification potential. The capacity of the consortium to mineralize 14C-benzyl-ring labelled TBZ was initially assessed. Subsequent tests evaluated its degradation capacity under various conditions (range of pH, temperatures and TBZ concentration levels) and relevant practical scenarios (simultaneous presence of other postharvest compounds) and its bioaugmentation potential in soils contaminated with increasing TBZ levels. Finally cytotoxicity assays explored its detoxification potential. The consortium effectively mineralized the benzoyl ring of the benzimidazole moiety of TBZ and degraded spillage level concentrations of the fungicide in aqueous cultures (750 mg L−1) and in soil (500 mg kg−1). It maintained its high degradation capacity in a wide range of pH (4.5–7.5) and temperatures (15–37 °C) and in the presence of other pesticides (ortho-phenylphenol and diphenylamine). Toxicity assays using the human liver cancer cell line HepG2 showed a progressive decrease in cytotoxicity, concomitantly with the biodegradation of TBZ, pointing to a detoxification process. Overall, the bacterial consortium showed high potential for future implementation in bioremediation and biodepuration applications.
      PubDate: 2017-07-28
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9803-z
  • Copper stressed anaerobic fermentation: biogas properties, process
           stability, biodegradation and enzyme responses
    • Authors: He Hao; Yonglan Tian; Huayong Zhang; Yang Chai
      Abstract: Abstract The effect of copper (added as CuCl2) on the anaerobic co-digestion of Phragmites straw and cow dung was studied in pilot experiments by investigating the biogas properties, process stability, substrate degradation and enzyme activities at different stages of mesophilic fermentation. The results showed that 30 and 100 mg/L Cu2+ addition increased the cumulative biogas yields by up to 43.62 and 20.77% respectively, and brought forward the daily biogas yield peak, while 500 mg/L Cu2+ addition inhibited biogas production. Meanwhile, the CH4 content in the 30 and 100 mg/L Cu2+-added groups was higher than that in the control group. Higher pH values (close to pH 7) and lower oxidation–reduction potential (ORP) values in the Cu2+-added groups after the 8th day indicated better process stability compared to the control group. In the presence of Cu2+, the degradation of volatile fatty acids (VFAs) and other organic molecules (represented by chemical oxygen demand, COD) generated from hydrolysis was enhanced, and the ammonia nitrogen (NH4 +-N) concentrations were more stable than in the control group. The contents of lignin and hemicellulose in the substrate declined in the Cu2+-added groups while the cellulose contents did not. Neither the cellulase nor the coenzyme F420 activities could determine the biogas producing efficiency. Taking the whole fermentation process into account, the promoting effect of Cu2+ addition on biogas yields was mainly attributable to better process stability, the enhanced degradation of lignin and hemicellulose, the transformation of intermediates into VFA, and the generation of CH4 from VFA.
      PubDate: 2017-07-15
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9802-0
  • Characterization of methyl parathion degradation by a Burkholderia
           zhejiangensis strain, CEIB S4-3, isolated from agricultural soils
    • Authors: Elida C. Popoca-Ursino; Fernando Martínez-Ocampo; Edgar Dantán-González; Enrique Sánchez-Salinas; Ma. Laura Ortiz-Hernández
      Abstract: Abstract Through the use of an enrichment technique, we isolated from the agricultural soils of Morelos in central México a strain of Burkholderia zhejiangensis identified as CEIB S4-3, it’s could use the pesticide methyl parathion (MP) as the only source of carbon and degrade completely p-nitrophenol (PNP). For more efficient MP and PNP degradation by the CEIB S4-3 strain, the absence of an extra carbon source, a large inoculum and an MP concentration up to 50 mg/l are required. Sequence and annotation analysis of the draft genome, showed presence of mpd functional gene, which was expressed and its activity on the MP was confirmed. Additionally, the genes coding for enzymes in the benzoquinone pathway (conducted by Gram-negative bacteria) and the benzenotriol pathway (conducted by Gram-positive bacteria) were found, which was corroborated by identification of intermediary metabolites by HPLC. Thus, we propose that B. zhejiangensis CEIB S4-3 uses both degradation pathways.
      PubDate: 2017-07-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9801-1
  • Characteristics of nitrogen removal and microbial community in biofilm
           system via combination of pretreated lignocellulosic carriers and various
           conventional fillers
    • Authors: Jing Zhao; Lijuan Feng; Jincheng Dai; Guangfeng Yang; Jun Mu
      Abstract: Abstract Each kind of conventional plastic filler (polyurethane filler, SPR-1 suspension filler, TA-II elastic filler and sphere filler) coupled with alkaline pretreated corncob (A.H.corncob) was applied in each bioreactor system for treating polluted water with nitrate and organics. Results demonstrated that addition of A.H.corncob could achieve simultaneous removal of nitrogen and organics, and coupling of SPR-1 suspension filler with A.H.corncob (R2) had the best performance. In coupling system of R2, the total nitrogen (TN) removal rate improved from below 10% to 55.92 ± 18.27% with effluent CODMn concentration maintaining at a low level of 2.67 ± 0.44 mg L−1. Microbial analysis of combined filler system demonstrated that conventional plastic filler mainly accumulated non-solid-phase denitrifiers for both nitrate and organics removal including genera Salipiger, Enterobacteriaceae etc. while A.H.corncob carrier was stronghold of solid-phase denitrifiers (Runella, etc.) directly using lignocellulosic materials as carbon source and fermentative bacteria (Coprococcus, etc.) for supplementing available carbon sources for denitrifiers in the system, which were integrated to achieve simultaneous removal of nitrate and organics.
      PubDate: 2017-07-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9800-2
  • Dimethyl sulfide emission behavior from landfill site with air and water
    • Authors: Yuyang Long; Siyuan Zhang; Yuan Fang; Yao Du; Weijia Liu; Chengran Fang; Dongsheng Shen
      Abstract: Abstract Municipal solid waste landfills are responsible for odors affecting the environment and human health. Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) is one of the major odorous compounds known for its low odor threshold and wide distribution. This study examined the generation, migration and emission of DMS in four artificial landfill-simulating reactors: Reactor 1 and Reactor 2, running under anaerobic and semi-aerobic conditions, respectively, without leachate recirculation; and Reactor 3 and Reactor 4, running under anaerobic and semi-aerobic conditions, respectively, with leachate recirculation. From the odor control perspective, aeration can efficiently inhibit maximum DMS headspace concentration by 31.7–93.7%, especially with the functioning of leachate recirculation. However, leachate recirculation in anaerobic conditions may double the DMS emission concentration but may also shorten the period over which DMS is effective because of the upward migration of liquid DMS in the recirculated leachate. The DMS generation was active in the acidification and methane fermentation phase of the simulated landfill and was possibly affected by the volatile fatty acid concentration, chemical oxygen demand, total organic carbon concentration and pH of the leachate, as well as total organic carbon in the refuse. Most significantly, DMS emission can be effectually dealt with by aeration along with leachate recirculation.
      PubDate: 2017-07-03
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9799-4
  • The effect of biodegradation on gammacerane in crude oils
    • Authors: Haiping Huang
      Abstract: Abstract Gammacerane is one of the major biomarkers widely used in depositional environment diagnosis, oil family classification, and oil-source correlation. It is generally accepted that gammacerane is more resistant to biodegradation than regular hopanes. However, whether it is biodegradable as well has not been reported in literatures. In order to investigate the effect of biodegradation on gammacerane in crude oils, 69 core samples from two biodegraded petroleum accumulations were geochemically characterized by quantitative GC–MS analysis. All samples are originated from lacustrine source rocks in China and have experienced at least level 8 degree of biodegradation on the scale of Peters and Moldowan (The biomarker guide: interpreting molecular fossils in petroleum and ancient sediments, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, 1993). Both case histories showed the concentration of gammacerane decrease with increasing severity of biodegradation, indicating the destruction of gammacerane by biodegradation. A whole series of 25-norhopanes paralleling the 17α,21β-hopanes (up to C34), together with C28 18-α-25,30-bisnorneohopane, C29 25-nordiahopane and C29 25-norgammacerane, is found in the Liaohe sample suite but C33, C34 25-norhopane and 25-norgammacerane are almost undetectable in the Junggar case. The gammacerane in the Liaohe case study appear to be altered simultaneously with hopanes, although the rate of gammacerane alteration is slower. Its susceptibility to biodegradation is similar to 18α(H)-22,29,30-trisnorneohopane (Ts) and 17α(H)-22,29,30-trisnorhopane (Tm) but more vulnerable than 18α-30-norneohopane (C29 Ts), 15α-methyl-17α(H)-27-norhopane (C30 diahopane) and pregnanes. The gammacerane in the Junggar oils appear to be less biodegradable than the Liaohe case history. It was altered simultaneously with pregnanes and C29 Ts but faster than C30 diahopane. The present data suggest that biodegradation sequence is not universal since the relative rates of biodegradation of different compound classes depend upon specific environmental conditions. Like the case of hopane demethylation, the mechanism of gammacerane biodegradation is not straightforward. While the conversion of gammacerane to 25-norgammacerane is not quantitatively balanced in the Liaohe case history, no 25-norgammacerane has been formed from the degradation of gammacerane in the Junggar case history. The ratio of gammacerane to regular hopanes increases with biodegradation degree especially at extreme levels of degradation, gammacerane index is no longer valid for depositional environment assessment or oil-source correlation.
      PubDate: 2017-06-27
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9798-5
  • Low temperature, autotrophic microbial denitrification using thiosulfate
           or thiocyanate as electron donor
    • Authors: Elias Broman; Abbtesaim Jawad; Xiaofen Wu; Stephan Christel; Gaofeng Ni; Margarita Lopez-Fernandez; Jan-Eric Sundkvist; Mark Dopson
      Abstract: Abstract Wastewaters generated during mining and processing of metal sulfide ores are often acidic (pH < 3) and can contain significant concentrations of nitrate, nitrite, and ammonium from nitrogen based explosives. In addition, wastewaters from sulfide ore treatment plants and tailings ponds typically contain large amounts of inorganic sulfur compounds, such as thiosulfate and tetrathionate. Release of these wastewaters can lead to environmental acidification as well as an increase in nutrients (eutrophication) and compounds that are potentially toxic to humans and animals. Waters from cyanidation plants for gold extraction will often conjointly include toxic, sulfur containing thiocyanate. More stringent regulatory limits on the release of mining wastes containing compounds such as inorganic sulfur compounds, nitrate, and thiocyanate, along the need to increase production from sulfide mineral mining calls for low cost techniques to remove these pollutants under ambient temperatures (approximately 8 °C). In this study, we used both aerobic and anaerobic continuous cultures to successfully couple inorganic sulfur compound (i.e. thiosulfate and thiocyanate) oxidation for the removal of nitrogenous compounds under neutral to acidic pH at the low temperatures typical for boreal climates. Furthermore, the development of the respective microbial communities was identified over time by DNA sequencing, and found to contain a consortium including populations aligning within Flavobacterium, Thiobacillus, and Comamonadaceae lineages. This is the first study to remediate mining waste waters by coupling autotrophic thiocyanate oxidation to nitrate reduction at low temperatures and acidic pH by means of an identified microbial community.
      PubDate: 2017-06-02
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9796-7
  • Anaerobic digestion of amine-oxide-based surfactants: biodegradation
           kinetics and inhibitory effects
    • Authors: Francisco Ríos; Manuela Lechuga; Alejandro Fernández-Arteaga; Encarnación Jurado; Mercedes Fernández-Serrano
      Abstract: Abstract Recently, anaerobic degradation has become a prevalent alternative for the treatment of wastewater and activated sludge. Consequently, the anaerobic biodegradability of recalcitrant compounds such as some surfactants require a thorough study to avoid their presence in the environment. In this work, the anaerobic biodegradation of amine-oxide-based surfactants, which are toxic to several organisms, was studied by measuring of the biogas production in digested sludge. Three amine-oxide-based surfactants with structural differences in their hydrophobic alkyl chain were tested: Lauramine oxide (AO-R12), Myristamine oxide (AO-R14) and Cocamidopropylamine oxide (AO-cocoamido). Results show that AO-R12 and AO-R14 inhibit biogas production, inhibition percentages were around 90%. AO-cocoamido did not cause inhibition and it was biodegraded until reaching a percentage of 60.8%. Otherwise, we fitted the production of biogas to two kinetic models, to a pseudo first-order model and to a logistic model. Production of biogas during the anaerobic biodegradation of AO-cocoamido was pretty good adjusted to the logistics model. Kinetic parameters were also determined. This modelling is useful to predict their behaviour in wastewater treatment plants and under anaerobic conditions in the environment.
      PubDate: 2017-05-31
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9797-6
  • Optimization of continuous-flow solid-phase denitrification via coupling
           carriers in enhancing simultaneous removal of nitrogen and organics for
           agricultural runoff purification
    • Authors: Yi Lu; Xiaoqing Zhang; Lijuan Feng; Guangfeng Yang; Zhou Zheng; Junzhi Liu; Jun Mu
      Abstract: Abstract Coupling of biodegradable corncob and plastic carrier was optimized in continuous-flow solid-phase denitrification systems for enhancing simultaneously removal of nitrogen and organics in agricultural runoff. In compared with preposition of plastic carriers and mixed distribution method, it was demonstrated that the preposition of corncobs simultaneously enhanced nitrate (6.64 ± 1.35 mg L−1 day −1) and organics removal (6.33 ± 1.44 mg L−1 day−1) at a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 6 h. The operation performance could be further enhanced with extension of HRT to 12 h. The dominant genera found in corncob were denitrifiers for nitrate reduction (Bosea, Simplicispira, Desulfovibrio, Klebsiella, etc.) and fermentative bacteria (Pleomorphomonas, Actinotalea, Opitutus, Cellulomonas, Bacteroides, etc.) responsible for corncob degrading to simple organics for other denitrifiers. However, much lower and different denitrifiers abundances (Bradyrhizobium, Acinetobacter, Bacillus, etc.) exhibited on plastic filler than those of corncob. It well explained that the biofilm on plastic carrier was mainly related with organics removal while the biofilm on corncobs inclined to effectively remove nitrate, and simultaneous removal of nitrogen and organics could be achieved in coupling carriers system with preposition of biodegradable corncob.
      PubDate: 2017-05-22
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9795-8
  • Nitrogen removal performance and operation strategy of anammox process
           under temperature shock
    • Authors: Weiqiang Zhu; Jin Li; Huiyu Dong; Dan Wang; Peiyu Zhang
      Abstract: Abstract Sequencing batch reactors were used to study anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox) process under temperature shock. Both long-term (15–35 °C) and short-term (10–50 °C) temperature effects on nitrogen removal performance were performed. In reactor operation test, the results indicated that ammonium removal rate decreased from 0.35 kg/(m3 day) gradually to 0.059 kg/(m3 day) when temperature dropped from 35 to 15 °C. Although bacteria morphology was not modified, sludge settling velocity decreased with decreasing temperature. In batch test, apparent activation energy (Ea) increased with decreasing temperature, which suggested the activity decrease of anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacteria (AAOB). Low temperature inhibited AAOB and weakened nitrogen removal performance. The cardinal temperature model with inflection was first used to describe temperature effect on anammox process. Simulated results revealed that anammox reaction could occur at 10.52–50.15 °C with maximum specific anammox activity of 0.50 kg/(kg day) at 36.72 °C. The cold acclimatization of AAOB could be achieved and glycine betaine could slightly improve nitrogen removal performance at low temperature.
      PubDate: 2017-05-05
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9794-9
  • Performance and kinetics of ANAMMOX granular sludge with pH shock in a
           sequencing batch reactor
    • Authors: Jin Li; Weiqiang Zhu; Huiyu Dong; Dan Wang
      Abstract: Abstract As an efficient and cost-effective nitrogen removal process, anaerobic ammonium oxidation (ANAMMOX) could be well operated at suitable pH condition. However, pH shock occurred in different kinds of wastewater and affected ANANNOX process greatly. The present research aimed at studying the performance and kinetics of ANAMMOX granular sludge with pH shock. When influent pH was below 7.5, effluent \({\text{NH}}_{4}^{ + }\) –N and \({\text{NO}}_{2}^{ - }\) –N increased with decreasing pH. At Ph 6.0, effluent \({\text{NO}}_{2}^{ - }\) –N approached 100 mg/L, and the ratios of \(\Delta {\text{NO}}_{2}^{ - } - {\text{N}}:\Delta {\text{NH}}_{4}^{ + } - {\text{N and }}\Delta {\text{NO}}_{3}^{ - } - {\text{N}}:\Delta {\text{NH}}_{4}^{ + } - {\text{N}}\) approached 2.2 and 1.3, respectively. Both greatly deviated from theoretical values. When influent pH was above 7.5, effluent \({\text{NH}}_{4}^{ + }\) –N and \({\text{NO}}_{2}^{ - }\) –N increased with increasing pH. At pH 9.0, ammonium removal rate (ARR) and nitrite removal rate (NRR) decreased to 0.011 ± 0.004 and 0.035 ± 0.004 kg/(m3·d), respectively. Besides, \(\Delta {\text{NO}}_{2}^{ - }\) –N: \(\Delta {\text{NH}}_{4}^{ + }\) –N deviated from theoretical value. Longer recovery time from pH 9.0 than from pH 6.0 indicated that alkaline surroundings inhibited anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacteria (AAOB) greater. The sludge settling velocity was 2.15 cm/s at pH 7.5. However, it decreased to 2.02 cm/s when pH was 9.0. Acidic pH had little effect on sludge size, but disintegration of ANAMMOX granule was achieved with pH of 9.0. The Bell-shaped (A) model and the Ratkowsky model were more applicable to simulate the effect resulting from pH shock on ANAMMOX activity (R2 > 0.95), and both could describe ANAMMOX activity well with pH shock. They indicated that qmax was 0.37 kg \(\Delta {\text{NH}}_{4}^{ + }\) –N/(kgMLSS·d) at the optimum pH value (7.47) in present study. The minimum pH during which ANAMMOX occurred was 5.68 while the maximum pH for ANAMMOX reaction was 9.26. Based on nitrogen removal performance with different pH, strongly acidic (pH ≤ 6.5) or alkaline (pH ≥ 8.5) inhibited ANAMMOX process. Besides, ANAMMOX appeared to be more susceptible to alkaline wastewater. Compared to extremely acidic condition (low pH), extremely alkaline condition (high pH) affected ANAMMOX granules much more.
      PubDate: 2017-04-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9793-x
  • Response of performance and bacterial community to oligotrophic stress in
           biofilm systems for raw water pretreatment
    • Authors: Li-juan Feng; Rong Jia; Jing-ya Sun; Jing Wang; Zheng-hui Lv; Jun Mu; Guang-feng Yang
      Abstract: Abstract Understanding the dynamics of performance and bacterial community of biofilm under oligotrophic stress is necessary for the process optimization and risk management in biofilm systems for raw water pretreatment. In this study, biofilm obtained from a pilot-scale biofilm reactor was inoculated into a pilot-scale experimental tank for the treatment of oligotrophic raw water. Results showed that the removal of NH4 +–N was impaired in biofilm systems when influent NH4 +–N was less than 0.35 mg L−1 or NH4 +–N loading rate of less than 7.51 mg L−1 day−1. The dominant bacteria detected in biofilm of different carrier were obvious distinct from phylum to genus level under oligotrophic stress. The dominant bacteria in elastic stereo media carrier changed from Proteobacteria (51.1%) to Firmicutes (32.7%), while Proteobacteria was always dominant in suspended ball carrier after long-term operation under oligotrophic conditions. Oligotrophic stress largely decreased the functional bacteria for the removal of nitrogen and organics including many genera in Proteobacteria and Nitrospirae, but increased several genera with spore forming organisms or potential bacterial pathogens in ESM carrier mainly including Bacillus, Mycobacterium, Pseudomonas, etc.
      PubDate: 2017-04-28
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9792-y
  • Changes in the microbial community during repeated anaerobic microbial
           dechlorination of pentachlorophenol
    • Authors: Hui Tong; Manjia Chen; Fangbai Li; Chengshuai Liu; Changzhong Liao
      Abstract: Abstract Pentachlorophenol (PCP) has been widely used as a pesticide in paddy fields and has imposed negative ecological effect on agricultural soil systems, which are in typically anaerobic conditions. In this study, we investigated the effect of repeated additions of PCP to paddy soil on the microbial communities under anoxic conditions. Acetate was added as the carbon source to induce and accelerate cycles of the PCP degradation. A maximum degradation rate occurred at the 11th cycle, which completely transformed 32.3 μM (8.6 mg L−1) PCP in 5 days. Illumina high throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA gene was used to profile the diversity and abundance of microbial communities at each interval and the results showed that the phyla of Bacteroidates, Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, and Euryarchaeota had a dominant presence in the PCP-dechlorinating cultures. Methanosarcina, Syntrophobotulus, Anaeromusa, Zoogloea, Treponema, W22 (family of Cloacamonaceae), and unclassified Cloacamonales were found to be the dominant genera during PCP dechlorination with acetate. The microbial community structure became relatively stable as cycles increased. Treponema, W22, and unclassified Cloacamonales were firstly observed to be associated with PCP dechlorination in the present study. Methanosarcina that have been isolated or identified in PCP dechlorination cultures previously was apparently enriched in the PCP dechlorination cultures. Additionally, the iron-cycling bacteria Syntrophobotulus, Anaeromusa, and Zoogloea were enriched in the PCP dechlorination cultures indicated they were likely to play an important role in PCP dechlorination. These findings increase our understanding for the microbial and geochemical interactions inherent in the transformation of organic contaminants from iron rich soil, and further extend our knowledge of the PCP-transforming microbial communities in anaerobic soil conditions.
      PubDate: 2017-03-29
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9791-z
  • Impact of biogenic substrates on sulfamethoxazole biodegradation kinetics
           by Achromobacter denitrificans strain PR1
    • Authors: P. Y. Nguyen; Gilda Carvalho; A. C. Reis; O. C. Nunes; M. A. M. Reis; A. Oehmen
      Abstract: Abstract Pure cultures have been found to degrade pharmaceutical compounds. However, these cultures are rarely characterized kinetically at environmentally relevant concentrations. This study investigated the kinetics of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) degradation by Achromobacter denitrificans strain PR1 at a wide range of concentrations, from ng/L to mg/L, to assess the feasibility of using it for bioaugmentation purposes. Complete removal of SMX occurred for all concentrations tested, i.e., 150 mg/L, 500 µg/L, 20 µg/L, and 600 ng/L. The reaction rate coefficients (kbio) for the strain at the ng/L SMX range were: 63.4 ± 8.6, 570.1 ± 15.1 and 414.9 ± 124.2 L/g \({\text{X}}_{\text{SS}}\) ·day), for tests fed without a supplemental carbon source, with acetate, and with succinate, respectively. These results were significantly higher than the value reported for non-augmented activated sludge (0.41 L/(g  \({\text{X}}_{\text{SS}}\) ·day) with hundreds of ng/L of SMX. The simultaneous consumption of an additional carbon source and SMX suggested that the energetic efficiency of the cells, boosted by the presence of biogenic substrates, was important in increasing the SMX degradation rate. The accumulation of 3-amino-5-methylisoxazole was observed as the only metabolite, which was found to be non-toxic. SMX inhibited the Vibrio fischeri luminescence after 5 min of contact, with EC50 values of about 53 mg/L. However, this study suggested that the strain PR1 still can degrade SMX up to 150 mg/L. The results of this work demonstrated that SMX degradation kinetics by A. denitrificans PR1 compares favorably with activated sludge and the strain is a potentially interesting organism for bioaugmentation for SMX removal from polluted waters.
      PubDate: 2017-03-11
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9789-6
  • Simultaneous di-oxygenation and denitrification in an internal circulation
           baffled bioreactor
    • Authors: Ling Jiang; Yingxia Tang; Weihua Sun; Na Yi; Yongming Zhang; Hanchang Shi; Bruce E. Rittmann
      Abstract: Abstract An internal circulation baffled bioreactor was employed to realize simultaneous di-oxygenation of phthalic acid (PA) and denitrification of nitrate, which require aerobic and anoxic conditions, respectively. Adding a small concentration of succinate as an exogenous electron donor stimulated PA di-oxygenation, which produced readily oxidizable downstream products whose oxidation also enhanced denitrification of nitrate; succinate addition also stimulated denitrification. Depending on the concentration of PA, addition of 0.17 mM succinate increased the PA removal rate by 25 and 42%, while the corresponding nitrate removal rate was increased by 73 and 51%. UV/H2O2 advanced oxidation of PA had the same effects as adding succinate, since succinate is generated by UV/H2O2; this acceleration effect was approximately equivalent to adding 0.17 mM succinate.
      PubDate: 2017-03-04
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9788-7
  • Important amino acid residues of hexachlorocyclohexane dehydrochlorinases
           (LinA) for enantioselective transformation of hexachlorocyclohexane
    • Authors: Nidhi Shrivastava; Ankit S. Macwan; Hans-Peter E. Kohler; Ashwani Kumar
      Abstract: Abstract LinA-type1 and LinA-type2 are two well-characterized variants of the enzyme ‘hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH)-dehydrochlorinase’. They differ from each other at ten amino acid positions and exhibit differing enantioselectivity for the transformation of the (–) and (+) enantiomers of α-HCH. Amino acids responsible for this enantioselectivity, however, are not known. An in silico docking analysis identified four amino acids (K20, L96, A131, and T133) in LinA-type1 that could be involved in selective binding of the substrates. Experimental studies with constructed mutant enzymes revealed that a combined presence of three amino acid changes in LinA-type1, i.e. K20Q, L96C, and A131G, caused a reversal in its preference from the (–) to the (+) enantiomer of α-HCH. This preference was enhanced by the additional amino acid change T133 M. Presence of these four changes also caused the reversal of enantioselectivity of LinA-type1 for δ-HCH, and β-, γ-, and δ-pentachlorocyclohexens. Thus, the residues K20, L96, A131, and T133 in LinA-type1 and the residues Q20, C96, G131, and M133 in LinA-type 2 appear to be important determinants for the enantioselectivity of LinA enzymes.
      PubDate: 2017-03-01
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9786-9
  • Nitrogen removal performance of anaerobic ammonia oxidation (ANAMMOX) in
           presence of organic matter
    • Authors: Weiqiang Zhu; Peiyu Zhang; Deshuang Yu; Huiyu Dong; Jin Li
      Abstract: Abstract A sequencing batch reactor (SBR) was used to test the nitrogen removal performance of anaerobic ammonium oxidation (ANAMMOX) in presence of organic matter. Mesophilic operation (30 ± 0.5 °C) was performed with influent pH 7.5. The results showed, independent of organic matter species, ANAMMOX reaction was promoted when COD was lower than 80 mg/L. However, specific ANAMMOX activity decreased with increasing organic matter content. Ammonium removal efficiency decreased to 80% when COD of sodium succinate, sodium potassium tartrate, peptone and lactose were 192.5, 210, 225 and 325 mg/L, respectively. The stoichiometry ratio resulting from different OM differed largely and R1 could be as an indicator for OM inhibition. When COD concentration was 240 mg/L, the loss of SAA resulting from lactose, peptone, sodium potassium tartrate and sodium succinate were 28, 36, 50 and 55%, respectively. Sodium succinate had the highest inhibitory effect on SAA. When ANAMMOX process was used to treat wastewater containing OM, the modified Logistic model could be employed to predict the NREmax.
      PubDate: 2017-02-09
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9785-x
  • Characterization of a novel micro-pressure swirl reactor for removal of
           chemical oxygen demand and total nitrogen from domestic wastewater at low
    • Authors: Qingkai Ren; Yang Yu; Suiyi Zhu; Dejun Bian; Mingxin Huo; Dandan Zhou; Hongliang Huo
      Abstract: Abstract  A novel micro-pressure swirl reactor (MPSR) was designed and applied to treat domestic wastewater at low temperature by acclimating microbial biomass with steadily decreasing temperature from 15 to 3 °C. Chemical oxygen demand (COD) was constantly removed by 85% and maintained below 50 mg L−1 in the effluent during the process. When the air flow was controlled at 0.2 m3 h−1, a swirl circulation was formed in the reactor, which created a dissolved oxygen (DO) gradient with a low DO zone in the center and a high DO zone in the periphery for denitrification and nitrification. 81% of total nitrogen was removed by this reactor, in which ammonium was reduced by over 90%. However, denitrification was less effective because of the presence of low levels of oxygen. The progressively decreasing temperature favored acclimation of psychrophilic bacteria in the reactor, which replaced mesophilic bacteria in the process of treatment.
      PubDate: 2017-02-06
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9784-y
  • Biodegradation of 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid by novel identified
           co-metabolizing degrader Achromobacter sp. f1
    • Authors: Zhi-Guo Wu; Fang Wang; Li-Qun Ning; Robert D. Stedtfeld; Zong-Zheng Yang; Jing-Guo Cao; Hong-Jie Sheng; Xin Jiang
      Abstract: Abstract Several bacteria have been isolated to degrade 4-chloronitrobenzene. Degradation of 4-chloronitrobenzene by Cupriavidus sp. D4 produces 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid as a dead-end by-product, a potential pollutant. To date, no bacterium that degrades 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid has been reported. Strain f1, isolated from a soil polluted by 4-chloronitrobenzene, was able to co-metabolize 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid in the presence of ethanol or other appropriate carbon sources. The strain was identified as Achromobacter sp. based on its physiological, biochemical characteristics, and 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. The organism completely degraded 50, 100 and 200 mg L−1 of 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid within 48, 60, and 72 h, respectively. During the degradation of 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid, Cl− was released. The initial metabolic product of 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid was identified as 6-hydroxy-5-chloro-2-picolinic acid by LC–MS and NMR. Using a mixed culture of Achromobacter sp. f1 and Cupriavidus sp. D4 for degradation of 4-chloronitrobenzen, 5-chloro-2-picolinic acid did not accumulate. Results infer that Achromobacter sp. f1 can be used for complete biodegradation of 4-chloronitrobenzene in remedial applications.
      PubDate: 2017-02-02
      DOI: 10.1007/s10532-017-9783-z
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