Lookup NU author(s): Fiona Read,
Professor Thomas Curtis,
Dr Russell Davenport
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A pilot-scale primary maturation pond was spiked with N-15-labelled ammonia ((NH4Cl)-N-15) and N-15-labelled nitrite ((NaNO2)-N-15), in order to improve current understanding of the dynamics of inorganic nitrogen transformations and removal in WSP systems. Stable isotope analysis of delta N-15 showed that nitrification could be considered as an intermediate step in WSP, which is masked by simultaneous denitrification, under conditions of low algal activity. Molecular microbiology analysis showed that denitrification can be considered a feasible mechanism for permanent nitrogen removal in WSP, which may be supported either by ammonia-oxidising bacteria (AOB) or by methanotrophs, in addition to nitrite-oxidising bacteria (NOB). However, the relative supremacy of the denitrification process over other nitrogen removal mechanisms (e. g., biological uptake) depends upon phytoplanktonic activity.
Author(s): Valero MAC, Read LF, Mara DD, Newton RJ, Curtis TP, Davenport RJ
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Water Science and Technology
Date deposited: 05/08/2010
ISSN (print): 0273-1223
Publisher: IWA Publishing
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