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]McHugh S; O'Reilly C; Mahony,T; Collera, E; O'Flaherty, V
Re/Views In Environmental Science And Bio/Technology
Anaerobic Granular Sludge Bioreactor Technology
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Anaerobic digestion is a mature wastewater treatment technology, with worldwide application. The predominantly applied bioreactor designs, such as the upflow anaerobic sludge blanket and expanded granular sludge bed, are based on the spontaneous formation of granular sludge. Despite the exploitation of granular reactors at full-scale for more than two decades, the mechanisms of granulation are not completely understood and numerous theories have been put forward to describe the process from a biological, ecological and engineering point of view. New technological opportunities are emerging for anaerobic digestion, aided by an improved understanding of microbiological and environmental factors affecting the formation and activity of anaerobic granular sludge.
DOI: 10.1023/B:RESB.0000040465.45300.97
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