Brewery wastewater treatment by Spirulina platensis or fungi-algae symbiosis system

Yuhuan Liu, Xiaojie Shi, Xiaodan Wu, Rongsheng Ruan, Hui Wang, Beijuan Hu, Yunpu Wang, Yiqin Wan

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In order to find a feasible way for brewery wastewater utilization, free Spirulina and a fungi-Spirulina symbiosis system were developed for brewery wastewater treatment. Wastewater purification effect and Spirulina growth were investigated in two wastewater treatment systems, respectively. It showed that fungi-Spirulina symbiosis system had a better wastewater treatment effect through the comparison of two groups of experiments. The removal efficiency of free Spirulina on total nitrogen, total phosphorus and COD were 70.17%, 37.99% and 70.59%, and the fungi-Spirulina symbiosis system, 84.28%, 50.88% and 77.81%, respectively. Spirulina grow in wastewater accumulated more protein than in Zarrouk medium, the protein content can reach up to 49.71% of dry biomass. The results show that free Spirulina and fungi-Spirulina symbiosis system both have good purification effect of brewery wastewater and the Spirulina biomass can be used for feed processing, bait and extracting pigments after purification.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-86
Number of pages5
JournalChinese Journal of Environmental Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biomass
  • Brewery wastewater treatment
  • Fungi
  • Fungi-algae symbiosis system
  • Spirulina platensis


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