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Special Issue "Microbial Ecology of Wastewater Treatment"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Wastewater Treatment and Reuse".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 November 2021) | Viewed by 12786
Special Issue Editor
Interests: microbial ecology; biogeochemistry; soil science; greenhouse gases; wastewater treatment; nutrient cycling; climate change
Special Issue Information
Microbial processes are at the center of wastewater treatment at scales from the home septic system to the municipal wastewater treatment plant. Recent advances in molecular genetics, gene sequencing, microscopy, and isotope analyses have allowed us to pry open the “black box” that carries wastewater renovation. These advances can help us to ask and answer questions about community structure and function, as well as about the spatial and temporal dynamics of these communities and how they are affected by environmental conditions and ecological interactions.
Perhaps more importantly, they also allow us to examine the relationship between microbial communities and the performance of wastewater treatment systems, including those that rely on soil for treatment. Answers to these questions will help us to address current (e.g., improving biological N removal, biodegradation of emerging pollutants) and future (e.g., reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, impacts of climate change, resource recovery) challenges. The world population is projected to grow by two billion in the next 20 years, an increase that will be accompanied by a more pressing need to treat wastewater effectively to protect both human and ecosystem health. This will require that we develop a sound understanding of microorganisms—the main actors in treatment—and how they may be managed to improve treatment.
To this end, for this Special Issue of Water—Microbial Ecology of Wastewater Treatment—we welcome manuscripts focusing on centralized and decentralized (e.g., septic systems) wastewater treatment.
Prof. Dr. José A. Amador
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Microbial ecology
- Stable isotopes
- Centralized wastewater treatment
- Septic systems
- Climate change
- Resource recovery
- Environmental impact
- Soil-based wastewater treatment