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Optimization of wastewater treatment plants

Optimization of wastewater treatment plants

Title: Fast DNA sequencing for optimization of operation of wastewater treatment plants

Microbial communities play a vital role treatment of wastewater in activated sludge wastewater treatment plants. In this project, we will investigate whether fast analysis of the microbial community by 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing within few days can be used to optimize the plants. Several treatment plans will be monitored closely, perturbations established and changes in community will be correlated with the operational data from the plants.   


  • The project is funded by Vandsektorens Teknologiudviklingsfond  (VTU) in the period 2015-2017.

Project participants:

Aalborg University, Center for Microbial Communities:

  • Per Halkjær Nielsen, Professor (project leader)
  • Mikkel Stokholm-Bjerregaard, Post.doc.
  • Marta Nierychlo, Post.doc.
  • Mads Albersen, Post.Doc.

Krüger A/S: Aviaja A. Hansen

Vandcenter Syd A/S: Per Henrik Nielsen and Mads Leth

Aalborg Forsyning: Jesper Samsø Petersen