Bioremediation of Phenol-Contaminated Industrial Wastewater Using a Bacterial Consortium—from Laboratory to Field

The results showed that the microbial consortia could reduce the toxicity of the wastewater while degrading the phenol and lowering the wastewater COD

Gregory Poi

2017

Scholarcy highlights

  • Singapore is an island city state with an economy dependent on petrochemicals and shipping, but with severely limited water resources
  • A habitat-specific microbial consortium was developed and reconstituted from 22 pure cultures dominated by Acinetobacter sp., Bacillus sp. and Pseudomonas sp. to form a synthetic biofilm-forming community with the capacity to degrade phenol-contaminated wastewater
  • The results showed that the microbial consortia could reduce the toxicity of the wastewater while degrading the phenol and lowering the wastewater COD
  • This approach could be translated into the field without the need for a purpose-built primary treatment facility preventing the generation of excessive biomass and eliminating the need for sludge disposal

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