Modern wastewater treatment systems rely on microbial processes to remove contaminants which makes wastewater treatment one of the largest biotechnology industries in the world. Wastewater treatment is an expensive business. There are significant costs associated with both treatment plant operation and the disposal of biosolids generated in the process. The need to deliver more efficient processing, in terms of both cost and the environment, is obvious. Understanding the microbial processes that occur in these systems provides the key to achieving these goals in order to be able to meet the current and future needs of the wastewater treatment industry.
Our team has isolated several bacterium that have varying capacities to efficiently degrade an array of organic materials. Using our selective microbiological methods, we have been able to identify the bacteria present in activated sludge and other waste treatment systems to develop unparalleled products that enhance the overall biological processes.