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The role of nematodes in low rate percolating filter sewage treatment works


Woombs, M and Laybourn-Parry, J, The role of nematodes in low rate percolating filter sewage treatment works, Water Research, 20, (6) pp. 781-787. ISSN 0043-1354 (1986) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/0043-1354(86)90104-1


The contribution and role of bacterivore nematodes in energy flow in two low rate percolating filter works was calculated based on field sampling and laboratory studies of feeding rates and energy ingestion, growth, reproduction and respiration. At both sewage works energy flow values peaked in May and January corresponding to peaks in nematode density and biomass. Simplified energy flow diagrams related to time are presented expressed for a core extending from the bed surface to its bottom. Nematode ingestion in the filter-beds exercised a distinct effect on the bacterial community such that in order to maintain steady-state conditions a mean bacterial doubling time ranging from 31 to 291 h was necessary at Caton Effluent Treatment Works and 87-4460 h at Carnforth ETW. Localized grazing effects, especially in the upper filter regions, exercised even greater effects, where a doubling time of 4 h may have been required on occasions. Oxygen consumption attributable to nematodes ranged from 0.03 to 2.7% of total community respiration at the two treatment works, suggesting that in general the direct role of nematodes is relatively small and they exert their greatest effect by grazing on bacteria. © 1986.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other biological sciences
Research Field:Other biological sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Laybourn-Parry, J (Professor Johanna Laybourn-Parry)
ID Code:49487
Year Published:1986
Web of Science® Times Cited:17
Deposited By:Research Division
Deposited On:2007-12-14
Last Modified:2011-11-30

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