Bacteriophage-specific predation regulates microbial abundance and diversity in a full-scale bioreactor treating industrial wastewater Academic Article uri icon


  • Changes in the microbial community composition of a full-scale membrane bioreactor treating industrial wastewater were studied over a period of 462 days using a series of 16S rRNA gene clone libraries. Frequent changes in the relative abundance of specific taxonomic groups were observed, which could not be explained by changes in the reactor's conditions or wastewater composition. Phage activity was proposed to drive some of the observed changes. Bacterial hosts were isolated from a biomass sample obtained …

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  • January 1, 2009