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Title: Assessing the usefulness of clostridia spores for evaluating sewage sludge hygienization
Author: Martín Díaz, Julia
Ruiz Hernando, María
Astals Garcia, Sergi
Lucena Gutiérrez, Francisco
Keywords: Clostridi
Bacteris patògens
Indicadors biològics
Llots de depuradora
Pathogenic bacteria
Indicators (Biology)
Sewage sludge
Issue Date: Feb-2017
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Abstract: The capability of clostridia spores to act as pathogen indicators in sewage sludge treatment was investigated. Sulfite-reducing clostridia and E. coli levels were monitored during waste activated sludge pre-treatments (alkali and ultrasound) and its subsequent mesophilic anaerobic digestion. E. coli was maintained or reduced depending on treatment type and intensity. However, alkali pre-treatment (35.3 gNaOH/kg TS) by itself and alkali (157 gNaOH/kg TS) and ultrasound (27,000 kJ/kg TS) pre-treatments followed by anaerobic digestion provoked reproducible clostridia increases. Specifically, up to 2.7 log10 after 35.3 gNaOH/kg TS pre-treatment and up to 1.9 and 1.1 log10 after digesting the 157 gNaOH/kg TS and 27,000 kJ/kg TS pre-treated sludge, respectively. Having rejected the hypotheses of sporulation and floc dissipation, the most plausible explanation for these clostridia increases is re-growth. These results question the suitability of clostridia spores as indicators of sludge treatment and other biological treatments where clostridia may have a role.
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It is part of: Bioresource Technology, 2017, vol. 225, p. 286-292
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ISSN: 0960-8524
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