Revista argentina de microbiología
versión impresa ISSN 0325-7541
ERIJMAN, Leonardo; FIGUEROLA, Eva L. M.; GUERRERO, Leandro D. y AYARZA, Joaquín M.. Impact of the recent advances in the analysis of microbial communities on the control of the wastewater treatment process. Rev. argent. microbiol. [online]. 2011, vol.43, n.2, pp. 127-135. ISSN 0325-7541.
One of the main functions of environmental biotechnology is to address the study of microbial communities that provide essential services to society. Beyond the similarities with industrial and agricultural microbiology, the unique features exhibited by environmental biotechnology, such as process objectives, biomass characteristics and type and mode of feeding (substrates), allow a clear distinction from the other related disciplines. Recent advances in microbial ecology, ecophysiology, genomics and process engineering are herein reviewed to illustrate how the integration of the new knowledge can help overcome the shortcomings of classic microbiological analyses to understand, predict and optimize the performance of wastewater treatment.
Palabras clave : Activated sludge; Community dynamics; Community assembly; Wastewater treatment; Metagenomics; Nitrification.