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Lack of data and knowledge about biological WWTPs

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Issue

Shortage of information

There is no information available to take appropriate action.

There is a lack of knowledge on the biology that does the final purification work at WWTPs. This missing expertise concerns knowledge about what goes wrong within a purification process or, for example, about the spread of resistance to antibiotics from WWTPs to the environment.

Solution

Biological fingerprint WWTPs with NGS

Biological fingerprint of WWTPs with NGS is a method that takes an in-depth look at biodiversity of the active sludge. This method is applicable to WWTPs and provides identifications on the basis of DNA, which can be used to identify exactly which processes occur within the purification of the waste water.

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Pros

  • There is no need to make a selection in advance about what you want to measure.
  • Is easy to use and produces many results.
  • There is the possibility to more specifically zoom in using qPCR.
  • Nitrifiers, denitrifiers and filamentous growth can be studied.

Characteristics

  1. Topic Water chain
  2. Development state 7: System prototype demonstration in an operational environment.
  3. Setting type Rural area, Urban area
  4. Water type Waste water
  5. Project period 0-3 months
  6. Project type Research