The microbiology of phosphorus removal in activated sludge processes-the current state of play Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • This review discusses critically what we know and would like to know about the microbiology of phosphorus (P) removal in activated sludge systems. In particular, the description of the genome sequences of two strains of the polyphosphate accumulating organism found in these processes, Candidatus 'Accumulibacter phosphatis', allows us to address many of the previously unanswered questions relating to how these processes behave, and to raise new questions about the microbiology of P removal. This article attempts to be deliberately speculative, and inevitably subjective, but hopefully at the same time useful to those who have an active interest in these environmentally very important processes.

publication date

  • April 2008