Variations of photosynthetic activity and growth of freshwater algae according to ozone contact time in ozone treatment

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Abstract

The activity of freshwater algae in drinking water supply at various ozone contact times was investigated to evaluate ozonation processes used for sterilization of algae. O2 production rates of algae just after ozonation were severely retarded even by short ozone contact. The algal growth rate was also declined with increase of ozone contact time and completely inhibited by ozonation for 60 min. These results implied that the usual treatment time applied in conventional ozonation processes is not sufficient but at least 60 min of ozonation is required for a complete sterilization of freshwater algae in drinking water source.

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