Strain rhodococcus sp. ED55 isolated from a WWTP in Macao degrades β-estradiol and removes toxicity of treated effluents

Irina S. Moreira*, Sapia Murgolo, David Gonçalves, Giuseppe Mascolo, Paula M.L. Castro

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Abstract

β-estradiol (E2) is an endogenous steroid hormone excreted by humans and animals. Due to incomplete removal on wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) and animal waste disposal, this micropollutant reaches the environmental compartments, being detected in WWTP effluents, surface water, soil and sediments [1]. This is an issue of great concern due to its endocrine disruption potential. The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the biodegradation of E2 by a bacterial strain – Rhodococcus sp. ED55 - isolated from the sediments of a discharge point of a WWTP in Coloane, Macau. Biodegradation experiments were performed in synthetic mineral medium and in wastewater from a municipal WWTP (Parada, Maia – Portugal). Strain ED55 was able to completely degrade the supplied amount of E2 in few hours, both in synthetic medium and in municipal wastewater. Estrone (E1) was identified as intermediate degradation metabolite, by comparison with a commercial standard. The detection and identification of other biodegradation intermediates by UPLC-QTOF/MS/MS is ongoing, aiming at elucidation of the metabolic pathway of degradation. Moreover, the bioaugmentation with E2 significantly improved the natural attenuation of the compound in municipal wastewater. The acute test with luminescent marine bacterium Vibrio fischeri revealed elimination of the toxicity of the treated effluent. Bacterial strain Rhodococcus sp. ED55 can potentially be applied for bioaugmentation of bioreatores for the enhancement of wastewater treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages16-16
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019
Event2nd International Meeting on New Strategies in Bioremediation Processes - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 24 Oct 201925 Oct 2019
http://conference.mercatura.pt/events/bioremid2019/

Conference

Conference2nd International Meeting on New Strategies in Bioremediation Processes
Abbreviated titleBioRemid2019
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period24/10/1925/10/19
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