Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

, Volume 94, Issue 1, pp 21–33

Ecophysiology of the Actinobacteria in activated sludge systems

Authors

    • Biotechnology Research CentreLa Trobe University
  • Caroline Kragelund
    • Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental EngineeringAalborg University
  • Yunhong Kong
    • Department of Environmental EngineeringSun Yat-Sen University
  • Katherine Eales
    • Biotechnology Research CentreLa Trobe University
  • Jeppe L. Nielsen
    • Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental EngineeringAalborg University
  • Per H. Nielsen
    • Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry and Environmental EngineeringAalborg University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10482-008-9226-2

Cite this article as:
Seviour, R.J., Kragelund, C., Kong, Y. et al. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek (2008) 94: 21. doi:10.1007/s10482-008-9226-2

Abstract

This review considers what is known about the Actinobacteria in activated sludge systems, their abundance and their functional roles there. Participation in processes leading to the microbiological removal of phosphate and in the operational problems of bulking and foaming are discussed in terms of their ecophysiological traits. We consider critically whether elucidation of their nutritional requirements and other physiological properties allow us to understand better what might affect their survival capabilities in these highly competitive systems. Furthermore, how this information might allow us to improve how these processes work is discussed.

Keywords

ActinobacteriaEcophysiologyFISH/microautoradiographyFoaming and bulkingEnhanced biological phosphorus removal

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© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2008