Biological Approaches to Nutrient Removal in the Irish Food Sector

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This project set out to examine the use of biological-based approaches to facilitate the removal of nutrients, particularly phosphates, from food processing streams. The work aimed to develop biological management procedures, incorporating molecular-based methodologies to assess the performance of biological nutrient removal (BNR) systems treating these food wastes. While further work will need to be undertaken, it appears that the control of influent quality may be a key factor to aid in the failure to ensure sufficient levels of Short-Chain-Fatty-Acids (SCFAs) may be a contributory factor in their malfunctioning.

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Prof Alan Dobson
University College Cork

Dr Julian R. Marchesi
University College Cork

Dr. John McGrath
Queens University Belfast

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Resource KeywordsEnhanced Biological Phosphate Removal (EBPR), Sludge, Food Processing, Waste, Nutrients
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2001-LS-FW2-M1
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWaste and Resource Management
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThe results of this project are available in the final report published on the EPA website. All references to the work contained in the report should be properly cited.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 0
Project Start Date Thursday 1st February 2001 (01-02-2001)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 1st February 2001 (01-02-2001)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Thursday 31st October 2002 (31-10-2002)
Published on SAFERWednesday 5th March 2008 (05-03-2008)
Date of Last EditWednesday 5th March 2008 at 12:57:01 (05-03-2008)
Datasets or Files Updated On Wednesday 5th March 2008 at 12:24:59 (05-03-2008)

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(Project 4): A pilot-scale study was conducted at the Kerry Ingredients Plant, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland to investigate the key operational parameters involved in the BNR process. Kerry Ingredients is a diary-processing company the produce casein and whey products.

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Previous work had demonstrated an ability of sludges from dairy waste streams to perform Enhanced Biological Phosphate Removal (EBPR) and other researchers had reported acid-stimulated luxury PO4 update in municipal waste-water treatement systems. This project then set out to examine the potential of using both EBPR and acid-stimulated PO4 uptake as novel methods for PO4 removal from food industry waste-water treatment systems.
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Others that worked on this project are:
Donal Mulkerrins, National Food Biotechnology Centre, Western Road, Co. Cork. Ireland.
Ivor Wills, Kerry Ingredients, Listowel, Co. Kerry. Ireland
John Quinn, School of Biology and Biochemistry, Medical Biological Centre, Queens University Belfast, 79 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL. Northern Ireland.
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