Monitoring and troubleshooting of wastewater treatment processes has been limited by our ability to see into the microbial world of these systems. The primary tool at our disposal is a simple microscope, not unlike microscopes that have been around for more than one hundred years. The microscope is able to give us some very quick information (i.e. filaments, pin floc, protozoans, etc) but doesn’t provide precise identification or quantification of beneficial or problem bacteria. Fortunately, recent advances in DNA sequencing now allow us to sequence DNA from samples of biomass in wastewater treatment plants and identify and quantify nearly all the microbes in the system. This allows us to provide precise identification and quantification of all the microbes important to the system. Now that we finally can “look inside the black box”, we can start to solve problems and optimize the system.
The two topics below will be presented at WEFTEC 2016. If you want to learn more about how metagenomics profiles can identify nearly all microorganisms with a single analysis, and provide ground-breaking diagnostic insight on optimization opportunities, please add the schedules below to your calendar. See you in New Orleans!
Nutrient Removal: Using DNA to Monitor and Troubleshoot
- Tuesday, September 27 in Room 347 at 4:30pm
- with Leon Downing P.E., PhD, Senior Technologist, CH2M and Jeremy Cramer, Supt., City of Fond du Lac
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Industrial Treatment Troubleshooting: DNA Can Help You
- Wednesday, September 28 in Room 243 at 9:00am
- with Steve Leach, Staff Scientist, Novozymes
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About Microbe Detectives
Microbe Detectives, a LuminUltra partner, opens a new window into the microbial world of water and wastewater systems using proprietary metagenomic and data science services. They revolutionize opportunities to mitigate risk, improve capital and operating efficiencies and validate product performance. The company was founded in 2013 by Trevor Ghylin during his PhD work in Environmental and Civil Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Microbe Detectives is a winner of the Water Council’s World-Class Start-up Accelerator – BREW, and has validated its services with over 100 customers including AO Smith, CH2M, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD), and Novozymes. https://microbedetectives.com