Microbial community structure and a core microbiome in biological rapid sand filters at Danish waterworks

Arda Gülay, Sanin Musovic, Hans-Jørgen Albrechtsen, Barth F. Smets

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    Abstract

    Rapid sand filtration is a traditional and common technology for drinking water purification from groundwater. Despite its wide scale and long-term use, the diversity and characterization of microbial communities in these engineered systems have remained unexplored and their roles in removal performances yet to be discovered. In order to explore the microbial ecology of these systems, we conducted 16S rRNA gene (rDNA) based 454 pyrosequencing as a deep sequencing approach to 94 sample cores retrieved from 5 different waterworks including proper biological replication. This comprehensive sampling of replicate rapid sand filters across many waterworks together with high-throughput sequencing provides a first glimpse into the microbial communities in rapid sand filters and their potential roles in the treatment process.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2013
    Number of pages4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event5th International Conference Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering - Michigan, United States
    Duration: 7 Jul 201310 Jul 2013
    Conference number: 5
    http://www.mewe2013.org/

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    Conference5th International Conference Microbial Ecology and Water Engineering
    Number5
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityMichigan
    Period07/07/201310/07/2013
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