Article explores extracellular polymeric substance use in water and wastewater treatment
The open access article for the May 2016 edition of Water Environment Research (WER) examines the use of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) as flocculants in water and wastewater treatment.
“The authors isolated 13 bacterial strains in mixed cultures that contributed to significant biopolymer production,” said Tim Ellis, WER editor-in-chief. “An evaluation of kinetics showed growth-associated EPS production. Flocculation in various flow streams—river water, wastewater, and brewery wastewater—was aided by divalent and trivalent cation addition.”
The article is part of WER’s open access program, which makes select articles public on a monthly basis. The aforementioned article, “Biopolymer Production Kinetics of Mixed Culture Using Wastewater Sludge as a Raw Material and the Effect of Different Cations on Biopolymer Applications in Water and Wastewater Treatment,” by T.T. More, S. Yan, R.D. Tyagi, and R.Y. Surampalli, is available for download.
Published by the Water Environment Federation since 1928, WER is a professional journal featuring peer-reviewed research papers and research notes, as well as reviews on original, fundamental and applied research in all scientific and technical areas related to water quality, pollution control and management.
Originally known as the Sewage Works Journal, WER is available in both print and online formats and receives approximately 400 new research submissions each year.