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Journal of Applied & Environmental Microbiology. 2014, 2(5), 220-230
DOI: 10.12691/jaem-2-5-4
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Effect of 3-Chloroaniline in Microbial Community Structure of Activated Sludge

M. Shah1,

1Industrial Waste Water Research Laboratory Division of Applied & Environmental Microbiology Enviro Technology Limited Gujarat, India

Pub. Date: July 16, 2014

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M. Shah. Effect of 3-Chloroaniline in Microbial Community Structure of Activated Sludge. Journal of Applied & Environmental Microbiology. 2014; 2(5):220-230. doi: 10.12691/jaem-2-5-4


Present work evaluated the effects on activated-sludge reactor functions of a 3-chloroaniline (3-CA) pulse and bioaugmentation by inoculation with the 3-CA-degrading strain Pseudomonas stuzeri. Changes in functions such as nitrification, carbon removal, and sludge compaction were studied in relation to the sludge community structure, in particular the nitrifying populations. Denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE), real-time PCR, and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) were used to characterize and enumerate the ammonia-oxidizing microbial community immediately after a 3-CA shock load. Two days after the 3-CA shock, ammonium accumulated, and the nitrification activity did not recover over a 12-day period in the non bioaugmented reactors. In contrast, nitrification in the bioaugmented reactor started to recover on day 4. The DGGE patterns and the FISH and real-time PCR data showed that the ammonia-oxidizing microbial community of the bioaugmented reactor recovered in structure, activity, and abundance, while the number of ribosomes of the ammonia oxidizers in the nonbioaugmented reactor decreased drastically and the community composition changed and did not recover. The settle ability of the activated sludge was negatively influenced by the 3-CA addition, with the sludge volume index increasing by a factor of 2.3. Two days after the 3-CA shock in the non bioaugmented reactor, chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiency decreased by 36% but recovered fully by day 4. In contrast, in the bioaugmented reactor, no decrease of the COD removal efficiency was observed. This study demonstrates that bioaugmentation of wastewater reactors to accelerate the degradation of toxic chlorinated organic such as 3-CA protected the nitrifying bacterial community, thereby allowing faster recovery from toxic shocks.

chloroaniline Pseudomonas stutzeri COD ribosome

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