Can data and DNA sequencing promote good bacteria?
In addition to the primary goal of reducing ammonium emissions, VandCenter Syd has also seen the project as a learning process in how they can use and work with their data in the operation of their wastewater treatment plant.
Andreas mentions as an example the possibility of finding out which bacteria are in the treatment plants, and how VandCenter Syd can promote the “good” bacteria. Because bacteria can each do something different; some can, for example, convert ammonium to nitrate, which in turn is converted to free nitrogen.
“The more we can learn about the different bacteria and their abilities, and whether it is possible to promote certain bacteria, the more opportunities it gives us to optimize the health of our aquatic environments, and thus, among other things, give the fish in the aquatic environment better conditions,” Andreas Bjørn Bassett says, before concluding with his usual, curious approach to data:
“So theoretically we can get data from DNA sequencing, which we can use to control our treatment plants. We just have to find out if this is actually possible.”