Urban wastewater bacterial communities assemble into seasonal steady states

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Authors Holger Daims, Michael W. Taylor, Michael Wagner
Journal/Conference Name Freshwater Science
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Paper Abstract Microorganisms in urban sanitary sewers exhibit community properties that suggest sewers are a novel ecosystem. Sewer microorganisms present both an opportunity as a control point for wastewater treatment and a risk to human health. If treatment processes are to be improved and health risks quantified, then it is necessary to understand microbial distributions and dynamics within this community. Here, we use 16S rRNA gene sequencing to characterize raw influent wastewater bacterial communities in a 5-year time series from two wastewater treatment plants in Milwaukee, WI; influent wastewater from 77 treatment plants across the USA; and wastewater in 12 Milwaukee residential sewers.
Date of publication 2006
Code Programming Language R
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