Task 5 researchers have worked with Task 2 researchers to publish an article Evaluation of dairy processing wastewater biotreatment in an IASBR system: Aeration rate impacts on performance and microbial ecology in the journal of Biotechnology Reports (authors: Beatriz Gil-Pulido, Emma Tarpey, Eduardo L. Almeida, William Finnegan, Xinmin Zhan, Alan D.W. Dobson and Niall O’Leary). The current study is the first to describe the microbial ecology of an intermittently aerated batch reactor system treating synthetic dairy effluent and to asses the impacts of varying aeration rates. The knowledge of bacterial communities in biological wastewater treatments are crucial for stable bioreactor performance and process optimisation. Results suggest members of the Comamonadacae family may contribute significantly to nitrogen and phosphorus remediation processes”. The link to the paper is doi: 10.1016/j.btre.2018.e00263 or https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6036646/. Congratulations to Bea and her supervisors.
The 17th edition of the International RAMIRAN conference was held in Wexford, Ireland between the 4th and 6th September 2017. DairyWater researcher, Dr William Finnegan, attended the event and presented two papers (through oral and poster presentations), including a summary of the DairyWater project, which was entitled “DairyWater: Sustainability and resource efficiency for the Irish dairy processing industry“, and some of the research activity relating to Task 6, which was entitled “Lifecycle assessment of fluid milk production in the Republic of Ireland“.
Dr William Finnegan at the 17th International RAMIRAN conference
RAMIRAN “Recycling of Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Residues in Agriculture Network” is a research and expertise network dealing with environmental issues relating to the use of livestock manure and other organic residues in agriculture. The conference is the primary output of the network, which is held every two years and attracts up to 250 delegates from across Europe and further afield. RAMIRAN 2017 was organised by Teagasc, the Irish Agricultural and Food Development Authority. Further details can be found on the RAMIRAN website.
The final conference of the FP7 project, SUSMILK, took place in Santiago de Compostela, Spain from the 22nd to the 23rd of September 2016. The SUSMILK conference, which was entitled “Solutions for sustainable milk processing”, provided a European forum to discuss solutions, technologies and industry trends to develop resource efficient milk processing. It was accomplished through a day of structured presentations, parallel workshops and poster sessions, followed by a day of technical site visits. Furthermore, it provided an opportunity for delegates to form new connections, share perspectives and brainstorm solutions. In addition, the DairyWater project featured during the poster sessions with a poster entitled “DairyWater: Environmental impact associated with the manufacture of dairy products in Ireland“, which was presented by Dr. William Finnegan.
Images from the SUSMILK Conference
(Top-left: Panel discussion at the SUSMILK Conference; Top-right: Site visit at USC’s Dairy Products Center; Bottom-left: The Feiraco dairy plant; Bottom-right: Inside the Feiraco dairy plant; Centre: DairyWater poster during poster session)
A 2-year funded MEngSc position as part of the DairyWater Project is now available, see Vacancies.