Author(s): Snchez JB, Quiroga Alonso JM, Coello Oviedo MD
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Abstract Variations in microbial activity during the aerobic digestion of sludge generated at wastewater treatment plants were studied. Results obtained by the measurement of enzymatic activity and microbiological parameters were compared with those determined by traditional methods (COD, suspended solids, etc.). Their variation with digestion time was monitored for batch digestion over a period of 135 days. The relationship between these measurements and control parameters of the sludge was also investigated. It was found that the traditional physicochemical and microbiological parameters present a series of problems which detract from their usefulness. The enzymatic parameters dehydrogenase activity (primary metabolism) and esterase activity (secondary metabolism) are better able to characterise the process, and the ratio of these two variables may be used to estimate the degree of endogenesis and, consequently, the degree of stability of the aerobic sludge digestion. In addition, these techniques are swift and simple to employ.
This article was published in Bioresour Technol
and referenced in Journal of Bioremediation & Biodegradation