A quantitative method for measuring the mass concentration of the filamentous bacterium Type 021N in activated sludge using fluorescence in situ hybridization

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AimsThis study aimed to develop a quantitative method for measuring mass concentrations of Type 021N, a bacterium causing bulking in activated sludge.Methods and ResultsFluorescence in situ hybridization was used to determine the relationship between the concentration ratio of the mass of the bacterium Type 021N to mass of activated sludge, and the proportion of fluorescence area imparted by probe G123T specific for Type 021N to that obtained with probe EUB338 for bacteria. A linear relationship existed between the cube root of the mass concentration ratio and square root of this area proportion.ConclusionsA standard curve was obtained for quantifying Type 021N in activated sludge.Significance and Impact of the StudyThis method may allow the determination of growth rate constant of filamentous bacteria in activated sludge, information that will help in understanding their ecology.

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