Bioaugmented aerobic granular sludge reactor with a dye-decolorizing yeast for dye removal from textile industry wastewater

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Textile industry is a worldwide economic activity that generates high volumes of harmful
effluents used in fabric processing that are discharged in the environment causing potential
damages to the aquatic ecosystems [1]. These discharged effluents loaded with synthetic dyes,
salt and other chemicals, are resistant to biodegradation and persistent in water, and are
responsible for toxicity and mutagenic effects on the aquatic life [2]. Biological methods are
generally considered more environmentally friendly and of major relevance [3]. Therefore,
biological alternatives to aid the decolorization of dyes in textile wastewaters need to be
implemented. Aerobic granular sludge (AGS) technology has excellent potential in
biodegradation of many pollutants, due to the anoxic/anaerobic zones within granules and their
increased tolerance to toxicity [4].
The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of decolorization of textile effluents using a
bioaugmented aerobic granular sludge reactor. A proved decolorizing yeast, isolated from a
textile wastewater treatment plant, was selected for its dye decolorization capacity, and used
to bioaugment the bioreactor while forming the granules from activated sludge. The
incorporation of the yeast with the granules was followed by plating and following the yeast
within the microbial community. A commonly used textile azo dye was added to the reactor to
follow the biodegradation by the bioaugmented aerobic granular sludge and the efficiency of
the process in decolorizing the effluent at varying operational parameters was followed to assess
if this is a solution for a safer discharge of such effluents.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event6th Green and Sustainable chemistry Conference - Online, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Nov 202118 Nov 2021
Conference number: 6


Conference6th Green and Sustainable chemistry Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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