Current perspectives on the application of N-damo and anammox in wastewater treatment

Maartje AHJ van Kessel, Karin Stultiens, Monique FW Slegers, Simon Guerrero Cruz, Mike SM Jetten, Boran Kartal, Huub JM Op den Camp

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The efficient treatment of wastewater for the removal of nitrogen is of key importance to prevent eutrophication and deoxygenation of receiving water bodies. In addition, ineffective wastewater treatment can be a source of greenhouse gasses. The application of newly discovered microbial processes, such as nitrite/nitrate-dependent methane oxidation (N-damo), can make wastewater treatment systems more sustainable; especially when they are combined with anaerobic ammonium oxidation (anammox). A treatment system based on these microbial processes will need oxygen supply for the production of nitrite. This oxygen may inhibit N-damo and anammox and careful regulation of the oxygen supply is of key importance for the success of the application of N-damo in wastewater treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-227
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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