M. T. Namini, Abdehagh, N., Heydarian, S. M., Bonakdarpour, B., Zare, D.
Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering 17: 000-000, DOI 10.1007/s12257-012-0035-0

In the present study a biotrickling filter (BTF) with countercurrent gas/liquid flow packed with open-pore polyurethane foam — as a carrier of Thiobacillus thioparus (DSMZ5368) — was subjected to various starvation regimes such as non-contaminant loading, idleness, and complete shutdown. During the starvation periods specific oxygen uptake rates of microorganisms (SOUR) on packing were monitored. The BTF was subjected to non-contaminant loading (up to 16 h), cyclic non-contaminant loading (for 4 days) and gas shut-off (up to 24 h), and it recovered to its pre-starvation removal efficiency within a 2 ∼ 3 h period after resuming normal operating conditions. The recovery time values obtained during the runs in which these starvation regimes were imposed could be indirectly correlated with the corresponding SOUR values suggesting that the recovery time after such starvation regimes are dependent on the degree to which the aerobic biological activity has been reduced as a result of the imposed starvation regime. In the case of the complete shutdown of the BTF, the recovery time increased substantially after 1 and 2 days of complete shutdown, and after 5 days of complete shutdown the pre-starvation removal efficiency was not achieved even after 12 days of normal operation.

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