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Influence of organic loading rate on purified terephthalic acid wastewater treatment in a temperature staged anaerobic treatment (TSAT) system: Performance and metagenomic characteristics

Kai-li Ma, Xiang-kun Li, Lin-lin Bao

Publication date: April 2019

Source: Chemosphere, Volume 220

Author(s): Kai-li Ma, Xiang-kun Li, Lin-lin Bao


In this study, a temperature staged anaerobic treatment (TSAT) system featured by thermophilic reactor (R1)-mesophilic reactor (R2) co-digestion was introduced to treat PTA wastewater. The process was successively conducted at three organic loading rates (OLRs): 3.34, 4.45, 6.68 kg COD/(m³·d), respectively (OLRs were R1 basis). The results indicated that TSAT system was highly efficient in PTA wastewater treatment at OLR lower than 4.45 kg COD/(m³·d). Miseq sequencing analysis demonstrated that R1 and R2 were predominated by hydrogenotrophic Methanolinea and acetotrophic Methanosaeta, separately. In addition, TA06, Caldisericia and Acetothermia associated groups were highly abundant in R1, whereas Chlorobiaceae and Syntrophobacteraceae were largely observed in R2. Tax4Fun analysis suggested that the important functional capabilities were significantly different between R1 and R2 (P < 0.05). The pathways related to aromatic compounds degradation mainly occurred in mesophilic stage, while the biosynthesis and metabolism pathways were more favored in thermophilic stage.

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