Since my company, Aster Bio, manufactures biological products including bioaugmentation cultures; I read many claims, studies, and comments on bioaugmentation (adding exogenous microbes to an environment). Often people selling bioaugmentation products give huge claims on product effectiveness (some of which are not possible). To counter this, critics often dismiss any potential application of bioaugmentation technology as "snake oil", "magic dust", or other dismissive name. Which group is correct? - Well as with many technologies, the truth is somewhere between the two extremes.
Below are listed the time-tested applications of bioaugmentation followed by the limits of bioaugmentation (even biological treatment as a whole):
Bioaugmentation - Proven Applications
Bioaugmentation - Limitations
Erik Rumbaugh has been involved in biological waste treatment for over 20 years. He has worked with industrial and municipal wastewater facilities to ensure optimal performance of their treatment systems. He is a founder of Aster Bio (www.asterbio.com) specializing in biological waste treatment.
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