Occurrence and reactivation of viable but non-culturable E. coli in sewage sludge after mesophilic and thermophilic anaerobic digestion

The occurrence and reactivation of viable but non-culturable (VBNC) Escherichia coli after different anaerobic digestions and the subsequent dewatering and storage were evaluated and compared. Culturable E. coli in digested sludge increased by two to four orders of magnitudes immediately after dewatering. However, counts of both the total and viable E. coli… CONTINUE READING