Effets des antibiotiques sur le procédé d'épuration par boues activées. : étude du cas de l'érythromycine, du floc bactérien au réacteur biologique

Abstract : This study examines the effect of erythromycin on activated sludge bacteria and the inhibition of the pollution removal in batch reactors treating urban wastewater. Results showed the importance of exposure time to erythromycin. Inhibition of nitrification and COD removal was measured during a 4 h period for erythromytcin concentrations higher than 1 mg/L. A 4 µg/L erythromycin concentration inhibited COD removal during a 20 h exposure time. The effect of erythromycin on nitrification was variable depending on the sludge origin. Erythromycin inhibited the specific nitrification rate with sludge from Nancy WWTP, but increased the nitrification rate at the other facility (Epinal WWTP). The cell lysis resulted in destruction of activated sludge flocs. Microscopic techniques (epifluorescence and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM)), combined with a fluorescent viability indicator, allowed us to study erythromycin time-kill activity.Viability staining results showed a latency time before the lower antibiotic concentrations began to kill bacteria. This latency time could be related to antibiotic adsorption and diffusion into activated sludge flocs as well as the rate of bateria death. The effect of erythromycin according to the bacterial Gram type was investigated with 3-dimensional Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy (CLSM) time-lapse imaging combined with a Gram and Viability staining. Gram+ bacteria had a higher mortality rate than the Gram- bacteria. This result suggests that antibiotic in wastewater could change the activated sludge bacteria composition according to their Gram type by selecting bacteria the less sensitive to the antibiotics
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Jean-Noël Louvet. Effets des antibiotiques sur le procédé d'épuration par boues activées. : étude du cas de l'érythromycine, du floc bactérien au réacteur biologique. Autre. Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, 2010. Français. ⟨NNT : 2010INPL066N⟩. ⟨tel-01748806⟩

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