Waste treatment involves microbes modifying chemical compounds with the majority end products being new cells, carbon dioxide, and water. The process of modification requires enzymes which function as a catalyst to make the necessary chemical reactions occur in the given environment. The typical enzymes is a large molecular protein structure that functions in both providing building block molecules for the cell or taking cellular building materials and assembling them into vital cellular components.
Enzymes are manufactured by cells to be substrate specific and function under a set range of environmental conditions. If the conditions such as pH or temperature are not in the correct range or an inhibitory compounds bind with the enzyme active site, the enzyme's effectiveness is compromised and it is rendered useless.
In waste treatment we often refer to a general group of enzymes that function on components of domestic waste. These include:
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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