The December 2014 issue of WER is a special issue on algae, guest edited by Rao Y. Surampalli, Tian C. Zhang, and R.D. Tyagi . According to them, "Algae, including microalgae, cyanobacteria (the so called “blue-green algae”), and macroalgae (or seaweed), holds great promise towards sustainable and cost-effective production of biofuel (e. g., biodiesel) and bioenergy (e. g., methane, hydrogen) as well as abatement of greenhouse gases emissions. As a vital renewal fuel source, algae have many positive attributes, such as higher photosynthetic efficiency, higher biomass productivity, faster growth rate than higher plants, and highest carbon dioxide fixation and oxygen production." Click here to read the issue.
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Multispectral Remote Sensing of Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Champlain, USA, by Elizabeth M. Isenstein, Adam Trescott, and Mi-Hyun Park, is this month's featured article in WER's open-access program.
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January's Open Access Article
Check out the latest open access article in the first issue of the year: EBPR Using Crude Glycerol: Assessing Process Resiliency and Exploring Metabolic Anomalies by Erik R. Coats, Zachary T. Dobroth, Cynthia Brinkman.
According to Tim Ellis, Water Environment Research's editor-in-chief, "In this article, Coats et al. explore the use of an auxiliary carbon source, spent glycerol resulting from biodiesel production, to stimulate enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) with interesting results. The carbon cycling observed was consistent with expectations, however, the release of phosphorus into the bulk solution in the anaerobic zone was less than theory would predict. While the VFA-fed reactors exhibited a more stable EBPR response than the glycerol-fed reactors, this study shows the potential for improved phosphorus removal using available waste carbon sources."