College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Ecological waste treatment systems

Ecological treatment systems, also known as living machines, are a form of biological wastewater treatment designed to mimic the cleansing functions of wetlands that produce beneficial by-products such as edible and ornamental plants and aquaculture products, while treating agricultural, industrial and domestic wastewater to high standards. The systems often consist of a series of planted and unplanted aerobic and anaerobic treatment tanks, trickling filters, treatment wetlands, and aquaculture tanks and are often housed in a greenhouse when located in a temperate climate. My research involves enhancing the beneficial by-products of ecological treatment system through methane capture, aquaculture, and plant selection.

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