Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research

The operation of two EGSB reactors under the application of different loads of oxytetracycline and florfenicol.

PMID 23109573


This study evaluated the effect of the antibiotics oxytetracycline (OTC) and florfenicol (FLO) on the operation of two EGSB (expanded granular sludge bed) reactors. The experiment was conducted for 210 d in reactor R1 and 245 d in reactor R2. The reactors were inoculated with granular sludge from a upflow anaerobic sludge blanket (UASB) reactor on a local dairy farm. The sludge had an average pellet size of 2.35 mm, good sedimentability and a high percentage of organic material. The antibiotic tolerance and the inhibitory action on the bacterial population were different for each antibiotic studied. The results showed a more severe inhibitory effect on microorganisms that were in contact with increases in loads of FLO than those that were in contact with increasing loads of OTC, a condition reflected in the chemical oxygen demand (COD) removal efficiency.