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Advances in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology, Volume by Birgitte K. Ahring (Editor)

By Birgitte K. Ahring (Editor)

Anaerobic digestion is an enormous box for the remedy of waste and wastewater. in recent times the point of interest has been at the caliber of the effluent atmosphere new calls for for pathogen removing and for profitable elimination of undesirable chemical compounds throughout the anaerobic technique. the 2 volumes on Biomethanation are dedicated to providing the country of paintings in the technological know-how and alertness of anaerobic digestion. They describe the elemental microbiolgical wisdom of significance for knowing the procedures of anaerobic bioreactors in addition to the latest molecular options for analyzing those platforms. additionally, the purposes for therapy of waste and wastewaters are offered besides the newest wisdom on procedure regulate and rules of anaerobic bioprocesses. jointly those volumes provide an outline of a starting to be region, which formerly hasn't ever been provided in one of these accomplished manner.

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However, intense research efforts concerning the anaerobic treatment technology and the microbiology of the anaerobic processes have resulted in the development of high-rate systems based on the retention and accumulation of the active biomass despite the short hydraulic retention time applied. , relatively low energy consumption, low production of excess stabilized sludge, energy recovery in the form of methane, low nutrients and chemicals requirements) with the additional advantages of: a) short hydraulic retention time (usually less than 1 day) and high organic loading rate Anaerobic Granular Sludge and Biofilm Reactors 37 Fig.

44 45 46 47 49 50 50 50 52 52 53 55 Advances in Biochemical Engineering/ Biotechnology, Vol. 82 Series Editor: T. V. Skiadas et al. 4 Innovative Granular Sludge and/or Biofilm Reactors 5 Conclusions 6 References . . . . 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . .

According to Characklis and Marshall [1], a biofilm consists of cells immobilized at a substratum and is a complex coherent structure of cells and cellular products like extracellular polymers. The substratum could be either a static solid surface (static biofilms, Fig. 1) or suspended carriers (particle-supported biofilms, Fig. 2). In the absence of a solid surface and under certain conditions the microbial cells can adhere to each other and form large, dense, self-supported biofilm particles usually called “granules” (Fig.

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