Operation of an Anammox SBR in the presence of two broad-spectrum antibiotics

I. Fernández, A. Mosquera-Corral, J. L. Campos, R. Méndez

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The feasibility of the anaerobic ammonium oxidation (Anammox) process to treat wastewaters containing antibiotics was studied in this work. Concentrations ranging from 100 to 1000 mg L-1 for tetracycline hydrochloride and from 250 to 1000 mg L-1 for chloramphenicol were tested in batch assays. A strong inhibitory effect was observed for both antibiotics. A concentration of 20 mg L-1 of chloramphenicol was continuously added to an Anammox Sequential Batch Reactor (SBR) system, causing a decrease of the nitrogen removal efficiency of 25%. The Specific Anammox Activity (SAA) of the biomass also decreased from 0.25 to 0.05 g N (g VSS d)-1. Similar effects were observed when 50 mg L-1 of tetracycline hydrochloride were continuously fed. Both antibiotics did not cause any changes in the physical properties of the biomass. A previous degradation step could be necessary in order to treat wastewaters containing inhibitory concentrations of antibiotics by the Anammox process.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)494-498
Número de páginas5
PublicaciónProcess Biochemistry
EstadoPublicada - abr. 2009
Publicado de forma externa


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