Wastewater Treatment with Bacteria Attached to Fibers
Pseudomonas sp. can degrade toluene and several chlorinated compounds. Use of genetic engineering should increase the efficiency of these reactions. It has been found that a dog in Switzerland was able to metabolize 2,3,7,8 dioxin. Most rotary biological contactors are made of plastic, but fibers have much more area. Patent 4,351,905 tells how to attach bacteria to fibers, and a patent soon to be issued explains how to rotate the fibers and get a much faster reaction.