Journal of Pure and Applied MicrobiologyVol. 9 No. 3

Bioremediation of Textile Effluent with Membrane Bioreactor Using the White-rot Fungus Coriolus versicolor

Kaizar Hossain1, Norli Ismail1*, Mohd Rafatullah1, Shlrene Quaik1, Mohammed Nasir2, Maruthi A.Y.3 and Rameeja Shaik4

1Environmental Technology Division, School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. 2Bio-resource, Paper and Coatings Technology Division, School of Industrial Technology, Universiti Sains Malaysia, 11800 USM Pulau Pinang, Malaysia. 3Department of Environmental Studies, GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, A.P, India. 4Department of Environmental Sciences, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, A.P, India.

Received on 12 April 2015 and accepted on 19 June 2015



Water is a prime candidate for the development of intensive water recycling strategies and the recovery of valuable chemical products in large industry. The present study performs the bench-scale submerged microfiltration bioreactor using the white-rot fungus Coriolus versicolor for treatment of textile dye wastewater and was confirmed the decoloration capacity of the fungus strain in agar-plate and aqueous batch studies. The temperature and pH of the reactor was controlled at 29±1° C and 4.5±2 respectively. The bioreactor was operated with an average flux of 0.05 m/d (HRT=15hrs) for a month. Extensive growth of fungi and their attachment to the membrane led to its fouling and associated increase of transmembrane pressure requiring periodic withdrawal of sludge and membrane cleaning. However, stable decoloration activity (approx. 98%) and TOC removal (>95%) was achieved using the entire system (fungi+membrane), while the contribution of the fungi culture alone to color and TOC removal, as indicated by the quality of the reactor supernatant, was 35-50% and 70%, respectively. The present study was assessed the decolorization efficiency of the collected white rot fungi strains through agar plate and liquid batch studies and, subsequently assessed the feasibility of a submerged microfiltration membrane bioreactor implementing the fungi culture for treatment of textile dye wastewater.

Keywords : Textile Effluent, Bioreactor, White-rot fungi & Remediation.