there alternative ways to recover phosphate (P) from our waste streams? P is
required as a fertilizer for food production and derives from mined rocks.
Scientists estimate accessible, high-grade P will be depleted within 50 years.
The natural P biogeochemical cycle is out of balance, leading to
eutrophication. There is an urgent need for sustainable sources of P. Attention
has been given to biological P recovery from wastewater by means of poly-P
accumulating organisms, where biomass is removed by settling, which is an
uncontrolled process. Can we use magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) for phosphate (P)
recovery, taking advantages of the fact that they are selectively harvested
using magnetic force? This project will identify and characterize MTB with P
accumulating abilities with the ultimo goal to sequester and store P from