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A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen

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For development and optimization of novel biological nutrient removal processes, factors affecting energy and greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. nitrous oxide) are increasingly important. Energy efficient pathways are exploited, such as short-cut processes for treatment of concentrated side streams. These pathways are usually well described, but a consistent nomenclature is still lacking: some functionally equivalent processes are referred to using distinct names, and some functionally distinct processes are referred to with the same name. To address this issue, we propose a standardized terminology, in which a root term designates the end product for oxidation pathways or the reactant for reduction pathways; a qualifier is used to designate the predominant oxidation–reduction regime (ORR) and an optional indicator is used to designate partial turnover rates, e.g. partial ammonia oxidation to nitrite.

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The article was received on 19 Aug 2016, accepted on 23 Nov 2016 and first published on 24 Nov 2016


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00216A
Citation: Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2017,3, 10-17
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    A proposed nomenclature for biological processes that remove nitrogen

    M. Weißbach, C. S. Criddle, J. E. Drewes and K. Koch, Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol., 2017, 3, 10
    DOI: 10.1039/C6EW00216A

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