Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 25, Issue 23, pp 22571–22583 | Cite as

Impact of a static magnetic field on biodegradation of wastewater compounds and bacteria recombination

  • Maria ŁebkowskaEmail author
  • Anna Rutkowska-Narożniak
  • Elżbieta Pajor
  • Agnieszka Tabernacka
  • Monika Załęska-Radziwiłł
Research Article


The current study presents results concerning the effect of a static magnetic field (SMF) on synthetic wastewater biodegradation by activated sludge and on dehydrogenase activity of microorganisms of activated sludge. The highest process efficiency was obtained for a SMF of 0.0075 T among the tested magnetic flux density values of 0.005–0.14 T. Decrease in COD was 25% higher for the bioreactor exposed to SMF compared with control experiments. The positive effect of SMF 0.0075–0.0080 T was confirmed in experiments on the dehydrogenase activity of activated sludge. It was also shown that a SMF of 0.007 T increased p-nitroaniline removal from wastewater and influenced the recombination frequency in a streptomycin-resistant bacteria strain of Eschercihia coli.


Static magnetic field Activated sludge p-Nitroaniline biodegradation Recombination of bacteria Wastewater biodegradation Dehydrogenase activity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Building Services, Hydro and Environmental Engineering, Biology DivisionWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland

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