Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a low cost method of cleaning water and wastewater by removing microalgae and bacteria with fungal bioflocculation.
Undesirable bacteria, fungi, viruses, particulates, and other water system pollutants accumulate in swimming pools, water troughs for agricultural animals, and agricultural runoff and fisheries and can lead to broken devices as well as waterborne diseases. Current water treatment methods include chemical flocculation to join particles in easily filtered/settled flocs, chlorination to kill biological growth, desalination to remove salt, and filtration to remove particulates. However, many of these strategies require use of chemicals or high-energy processes, which increases the costs of maintaining the water quality.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis have developed a low cost method of cleaning water and wastewater by removing microalgae and bacteria with fungal bioflocculation. This novel method of using filamentous fungi pellets to remove suspended solids such as microalgae and bacteria can be used as a water and wastewater treatment method for water clarification and biomass production while aiding disinfection processes.
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