Aluminium removal and recovery from wastewater and soil using isolated indigenous bacteria

Ipung Fitri Purwanti, Setyo Budi Kurniawan, Nur ‘Izzati Ismail, Muhammad Fauzul Imron*, Siti Rozaimah Sheikh Abdullah

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This paper elucidates the capability of isolated indigenous bacteria to remove aluminium from wastewater and soil. Two indigenous species of Brochothrix thermosphacta and Vibrio alginolyticus were isolated from an aluminium-contaminated site. These two species were used to treat aluminium-containing wastewater and contaminated soil using the bioaugmentation method. B. thermosphacta showed the highest aluminium removal of 57.87 ± 0.45% while V. alginolyticus can remove aluminium up to 59.72 ± 0.33% from wastewater. For aluminium-contaminated soil, B. thermosphacta and V. alginolyticus, showed a highest removal of only 4.58 ± 0.44% and 5.48 ± 0.58%, respectively. The bioaugmentation method is more suitable to be used to treat aluminium in wastewater compared to contaminated soil. The produced biomass separation after wastewater treatment was so much easier and applicable, compared to the produced biomass handling from contaminated soil treatment. A 48.55 ± 2.45% and 40.12 ± 4.55% of aluminium can be recovered from B. thermosphacta and V. alginolyticus biomass, respectively, with 100 mg/L initial aluminium concentration in wastewater.

Original languageEnglish
Article number109412
JournalJournal of Environmental Management
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • Aluminium removal
  • Bioaugmentation
  • Biomass
  • Brochothrix thermosphacta
  • Post treatment
  • Vibrio alginolyticus


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