Improved aerobic biodegradation of abietic acid in ECF bleached kraft mill effluent due to biomass adaptation

M. Belmonte, C. Xavier, J. Decap, M. Martinez, Maria Reye Sierra Alvarez, G. Vidal

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Abstract

Kraft pulp mill effluents contain elevated concentrations of resin acids, chiefly abietic and dehydroabietic acid, and other lipophilic wood constituents. Resin acids, if not efficiently removed during wastewater treatment, can be responsible for chronic toxicity in aquatic systems. The objective of this study was to investigate the biological removal of abietic acid (AbA) during the treatment of elemental chlorine free (ECF) kraft mill effluents in aerobic lagoons and to assess its improvement with time as a result of biomass adaptation. Under these conditions, the average removal efficiencies of AbA and BOD5 attained in the aerobic lagoon were high and exceeded 80% and 95%, respectively. Microbial inhibition of non-acclimated and acclimated biomass by AbA was not detected in batch bioassays. Kinetic studies showed that the Ks and Vm values equalled 76.7 mg AbA/l and 0.011 l/h, respectively, for the non-acclimated biomass, and 1678 mg AbA/l and 0.13 l/h, respectively, for the acclimated biomass.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-263
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Hazardous Materials
Volume135
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 31 2006

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Chlorine
Biodegradation
Biomass
chlorine
Effluents
biodegradation
mill
effluent
Acids
acid
biomass
Resins
Sewage lagoons
resin
lagoon
Kraft pulp
Bioassay
Paper and pulp mills
Waste Water
Wastewater treatment

Keywords

  • Aerobic biodegradation
  • Aerobic lagoon
  • Biomass adaptation
  • ECF kraft bleached mill effluent
  • Resin acids
  • Wastewater treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Health and Safety
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Environmental Engineering

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Improved aerobic biodegradation of abietic acid in ECF bleached kraft mill effluent due to biomass adaptation. / Belmonte, M.; Xavier, C.; Decap, J.; Martinez, M.; Sierra Alvarez, Maria Reye; Vidal, G.

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Belmonte, M. ; Xavier, C. ; Decap, J. ; Martinez, M. ; Sierra Alvarez, Maria Reye ; Vidal, G. / Improved aerobic biodegradation of abietic acid in ECF bleached kraft mill effluent due to biomass adaptation. In: Journal of Hazardous Materials. 2006 ; Vol. 135, No. 1-3. pp. 256-263.
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