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Effect of tetracycline on ammonia and carbon removal by the facultative bacteria in the anaerobic digester of a sewage treatment plant
- Grabert, Richard, Boopathy, Raj, Nathaniel, Rajkumar, LaFleur, Gary
- Bioresource technology 2018 v.267 pp. 265-270
- ammonia, anaerobic digesters, bacteria, carbon, nitrogen, sewage, sewage treatment, sludge, tetracycline
- This study was conducted to see the effect of tetracycline on nitrogen assimilation and carbon removal in an anaerobic digester of a sewage plant. Samples of sewage were collected from an anaerobic digester sludge. Consortium of nitrogen assimilating bacteria were isolated from the sample and its ability to assimilate ammonia at different concentrations of tetracycline was measured along with carbon removal. The results indicate that while high concentrations of tetracycline of more than 100 mg/L delayed the growth of the bacteria, the resistant bacteria grew after a lag period and the removal of nitrogen and carbon was unaffected even at the highest tetracycline concentration of 250 mg/L tested in this study.