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Transcription levels (amoA mRNA-based) and population dominance (amoA gene-based) of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria
Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (2010)
  • David H.W. Kuo
  • Kevin G. Robinson
  • Alice C. Layton
  • Arthur J. Meyers
  • Gary S. Sayler, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Abstract
A population shift of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) was described within a bench-scale activated sludge process treating an industrial wastewater in a previous report (Kuo et al. in Environ Eng Sci 23:507–520, 2006). In this investigation, transcriptional levels (amoA mRNA-based) of the three AOB groups (i.e., RI-27, B2-3, and Nitrosomonas nitrosa) identified in the treatment process were determined by quantitative real-time reverse transcription (RT-PCR) assays to circuitously evaluate AOB ammonia-oxidizing activity and to assess the presumed correlation between cellular activity and the dominant (greatest number) AOB population. Results demonstrated that the AOB group with higher amoA mRNA levels dominated the overall AOB population in the wastewater treatment process. Although AOB population dominance did not correlate well with transcripts at a normalized cellular level (amoA mRNA/DNA ratio), overall amoA mRNA levels did reflect the activity of distinct AOB groups under different N-loading conditions. Thus, an additional molecular parameter (amoA mRNA) was successfully utilized to assess timely shifts in AOB population structure that may impact nitrification treatment performance. DOI: 10.1007/s10295-010-0728-3
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Publication Date
July, 2010
Citation Information
David H.W. Kuo, Kevin G. Robinson, Alice C. Layton, Arthur J. Meyers, et al.. "Transcription levels (amoA mRNA-based) and population dominance (amoA gene-based) of ammonia-oxidizing bacteria" Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology Vol. 37 Iss. 7 (2010)
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