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Fishing for Fingerprints in BNR Systems
Water Environment and Technology
  • Daniel B. Oerther, Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Sam Jeyenayagam
  • Joseph A. Husband

A molecular biology based technique which is used to identify the biological nutrient removing microorganism from a sample removed from a bioreactor is discussed. This molecular fingerprinting technique is termed as Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and is used to visualize the individual microorganisms. The method make use of fluorescence detection of 16S ribosomal nucleic acid in the microbes. It is found that the technology is suitable to analyze the samples in wastewater treatment plants.

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH),
  • Membrane filtration,
  • Molecular fingerprinting,
  • Suspended solids,
  • Biofilters,
  • Escherichia coli,
  • Microorganisms,
  • Molecular biology,
  • Monomers,
  • Nucleic acids,
  • Osmosis membranes,
  • RNA,
  • Sewage sludge,
  • Wastewater treatment,
  • Biological sewage treatment,
  • Escherichia coli
Document Type
Article - Journal
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© 2002 Water Environment Federation, All rights reserved.
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Citation Information
Daniel B. Oerther, Sam Jeyenayagam and Joseph A. Husband. "Fishing for Fingerprints in BNR Systems" Water Environment and Technology Vol. 14 Iss. 1 (2002) p. 22 - 27 ISSN: 1044-9493
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