Usually present in low concentrations, Nocardia sp. of microbes can cause foaming problems when conditions promote a bloom and associated hydrophobic biological polymers. Nocardia foam is dark brown, stable, and viscous. Under the microscope, the foam contains substantial amounts of biomass in the matrix. Easily identifed by branching and gram positive stain, Nocardia organisms and foam are readily identifed by on-site operators.
Nocardia over-growth is encouraged by the following:
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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