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Molecular characterization of filamentous bacteria isolated from full-scale activated sludge processes

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dc.contributor.author Marrengane, Zinhle
dc.date.accessioned 2007-11-07T08:57:09Z
dc.date.available 2007-11-07T08:57:09Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.other 308519
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10321/135
dc.description Thesis (M.Tech.: Biotechnology)-Dept. of Biotechnolgy, Durban University of Technology, 2007 xviii, 143 leaves en
dc.description.abstract Activated sludge flocs are responsible for flocculation, settling and dewaterability. It is important to maintain the growth off loc-forming bacteria for efficient sludge settleability and compaction for good quality effluent. Filamentous bacteria on the other hand are believed to provide rigid support network or backbone upon which floc-forming bacteria adhere to form stable activated sludge flocs (Wilderer et al., 2002; Ramothokang et al., 2003). Filamentous bacteria can also be detrimental to the process when they outgrow floc-forming bacteria. Morphologically filamentous bacteria are at an advantage as they have higher outward growth velocity and can extend freely to bulk liquid substrate. Proliferation of filamentous bacteria causes foaming and bulking (Martins et al., 2004). Although chemical alleviation measures to circumvent bulking are present, they are symptomatic (Chang et al., 2004). Eikelboom (1975) developed the first identification keys for the classification of filamentous bacteria that is primarily based on morphological characteristics and microscopic examination. Although very useful, this type of identification has its limitations. For instance some filamentous bacteria can change morphology in response to changes in the environment and although some of them can be morphologically similar they may vary considerably in their physiology and taxonomy (Martins et al., 2004). A vast number of filamentous bacteria are still very poorly understood which could be due to the problems of cultivation due to their slow growing nature and maintenance of cultures (Rossetti et al., 2006). This limitation necessitates a molecular approach to resolve the taxonomy of filamentous bacteria as it is a culture-independent technique which is highly accurate. This project was undertaken to verify the identity of pure cultures of filamentous bacteria isolated previously through the application of molecular techniques. The 16S rDNA are conserved regions in bacterial cells and they can be extracted and specific nucleic acid fragments amplified. Denaturation gradient gel electrophoresis enabled the separation of fragments of identical length but different size and served as an indication of purity (Muyzer et al., 1993). en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Bacteria--Identification en
dc.subject Sewage--Microbiology en
dc.subject Sewage--Purification--Biological treatment en
dc.subject Sewage--Purification--Activated sludge process en
dc.subject Sludge bulking en
dc.subject Sewage sludge en
dc.subject Biotechnology en
dc.subject Biotechnology--Dissertations, Academic en
dc.title Molecular characterization of filamentous bacteria isolated from full-scale activated sludge processes en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.dut-rims.pubnum DUT-002355


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