- Protection from the external environment including pH swings, dehydration, predators, and toxic compounds.
- Storage of excess organic compounds or particulate organics for later use by the microbes
- Accumulate and store valuable macronutrients & micronutrients such as phosphate and trace metals.
As microbial cells develop into floc or biofilm, they are bound tegether by Extracellular Polymeric Substances (EPS). Consisting of a mixture of polysaccharides, proteins, enzymes, and DNA, EPS provides several benefits to the microbial community:
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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