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Establishment of stable microalgal-bacterial consortium in liquid digestate for nutrient removal and biomass accumulation
- Jiang, Yiqi, Wang, Hong, Zhao, Caifang, Huang, Fangyu, Deng, Liangwei, Wang, Wenguo
- Bioresource technology 2018 v.268 pp. 300-307
- Chlorella, bacteria, biomass production, lipids, liquids, microalgae, nitrogen, phosphorus, sludge
- In this study, a microalgal-bacterial consortium (MBC) was established in liquid digestate (LD) by optimizing sequencing batch reactor (SBR) operating parameters and microalgae inoculation to address the abovementioned challenges. The bacteria from LD SBR-Activated Sludge System effluent under the optimum conditions of 25 °C, 7.0 g/L MLSS, 5 mg/L DO concentration, and 6 h hydraulic retention time with 0.5 mg/L DW Chlorella sp. BWY-1 could form stable MBCs outdoors in an airlift photoreactor. The stable MBC facilitates the continuous removal of nitrogen and phosphorus, promotes the accumulation of biomass and lipids, and contributes to the improvement of the sedimentation. The results from this study provided a new technique for the purification and utilization of LD, more importantly decreasing the environmental threat caused by improperly processed LD.