Cristina Forbes

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Large quantities of biodegradable food waste in the form of fruit and vegetables are still being deposited in landfill sites in Ireland. The development of an anaerobic digestion process using fermentative species which degrade the carbohydrate-rich waste could divert the food waste from landfills. We identified fermentative species grown on glucose and(More)
Homoacetogenic bacteria are strict anaerobes capable of autotrophic growth on H(2)/CO(2) or CO, and of heterotrophic growth on a wide range of sugars, alcohols, methoxylated aromatic compounds and one carbon compounds, yielding acetate as their sole metabolic end-product. Batch activity tests on anaerobic granular sludge, using H(2)/CO(2) as a substrate and(More)
Accurate tropical cyclone track and intensity forecasts are vital to storm surge prediction and risk management. However, current cyclone intensity forecast skill is deficient, especially for rapid, unexpected intensification events. These sudden intensifi-cation events could be catastrophic if they occur just prior to making landfall in heavily populated(More)
The objective of the current study was to expand the knowledge of the role of acetogenic Bacteria in high rate anaerobic digesters. To this end, acetogens were enriched by supplying a variety of acetogenic growth supportive substrates to two laboratory scale high rate upflow anaerobic sludge bed (UASB) reactors operated at 37 degrees C (R1) and 55 degrees C(More)
The evolution and convergence of modeled storm surge were examined using a high-resolution implementation of the Advanced Circulation Coastal Ocean and Storm Surge (ADCIRC) model for Hurricane Gustav (2008). The storm surge forecasts were forced using an asymmetric gradient wind model (AWM), directly coupled to ADCIRC at every time step and at every grid(More)
In this research paper, a comparison between thermophilic and mesophilic anaerobic degradation of a variety of the simple sugar components of carbohydrate rich biomass is presented. In order to investigate the degradability of these basic sugars, three synthetic sugar based influents were supplied to two high rate upflow anaerobic hybrid reactors (UAHR)(More)
The objective of this study was to examine the feasibility of using a two-step, fully biological and sustainable strategy for the treatment of carbohydrate rich wastes. The primary step in this strategy involves the application of thermostable enzymes produced by the thermophilic, aerobic fungus, Talaromyces emersonii, to carbohydrate wastes producing a(More)
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