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Type: Artigo
Title: Ciliated Protozoa Community Of A Combined Uasb-activated Sludge System In Southeastern Brazil
Author: Vidal Siqueira-Castro
Isabel Cristina; Greinert-Goulart
Juliane Araujo; Rossetto
Renato; Guimares
Jose Roberto; Bueno Franco
Regina Maura
Abstract: The aims of the present study were (1) to evaluate the abundance and taxonomic composition of ciliated protozoa in the activated sludge of a full-scale combined anaerobic-aerobic system operating in a tropical country and (2) to study the relationship between the effluent quality, the physicochemical variables, and the ciliates present in the operating system. The total ciliate fauna of the activated sludge of the Picarro Wastewater Treatment Plant (Picarro WWTP) was composed of 36 morphospecies belonging to 33 genera. These included 21 species observed in the activated sludge samples on the day of collection and 15 species found in cultures. The activated sludge of the Picarro WWTP contained a diversified ciliate community composed mainly of indicator organisms. The most frequently occurring morphospecies were Aspidisca cicada, Vorticella spp., Gastronauta aloisi, Acineria uncinata, and Epistylis plicatilis complex. These results showed that satisfactory operating conditions prevailed at the Picarro WWTP. In the combined UASB-activated sludge system, the presence of Aspidisca cicada suggests the occurrence of denitrification in the process while the presence of Acineria uncinata and G. alosi indicates the removal of carbonaceous organic matter.
Subject: Ciliates
Anaerobic-aerobic Systems
Wastewater Treatment Plants
Editor: Springer Heidelberg
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1007/s11356-016-7591-3
Date Issue: 2016
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