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Title: Bioaugmentation with existing potent microorganisms to accelerate the treatment efficacy of paper industry wastewater pollutants
Authors: Sonkar M.
Kumar V.
Kumar P.
Shah M.P.
Majumdar C.B.
Biswas J.K.
Dutt, Dharm
Mishra P.K.
Published in: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering
Abstract: Effluent discharged from paper industries has an unfavourable impact on all the biotic and abiotic components of the environment due to the presence of various bio-recalcitrant toxic compounds. Multiple physico-chemical treatment systems have been adopted over the last two decades for the elimination of refractory organics from paper industry effluent but with limited success. Augmentation of biological treatment through metabolic and cometabolic strategies seems to be a promising and sustainable option. This article aims at presenting a comprehensive account of treating the paper industry effluent with existing treatment strategy using potent green agents through bioaugmentation and mineralization of chlorophenols via ortho- and meta- pathways. Sequential treatment based on consortia of specialized microorganisms remove > 90% of different toxic and recalcitrant compounds present in paper industry effluent. The rapid technological development in microbial fuel cells holds the potential for simultaneous paper industry effluent treatment and energy production. © 2021 Elsevier Ltd
Citation: Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 9(5)
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Keywords: Chlorophenols
Defined microbial consortium
Sequential treatment
ISSN: 22133437
Author Scopus IDs: 57219549537
Author Affiliations: Sonkar, M., Department of Paper Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee Saharanpur Campus, Saharanpur, 247001, India
Kumar, V., Center for Rural Development and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, 110016, India
Kumar, P., Department of Chemical Engineering, Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, South Korea
Shah, M.P., Environmental Microbiology Lab, Enviro. Technology Ltd., Ankleshwar, Gujarat 393002, India
Majumdar, C.B., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, 247667, India
Biswas, J.K., Professor & Head Department of Ecological Studies & International Centre for Ecological Engineering University of Kalyani Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal 741235, India
Dutt, D., Department of Paper Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee Saharanpur Campus, Saharanpur, 247001, India
Mishra, P.K., Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varansi, 221005, India
Corresponding Author: Sonkar, M.; Department of Paper Technology, India; email:
Appears in Collections:Journal Publications [PT]

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