Ida Nilsson and Anna Möller did a Minor Field Study, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They studied the use of fungal and anaerobic reactors for treatment of dye wastewater with the aim to develop a cheap, simple and efficient biological treatment method.
Marika Murto did a post-doc study in Nicaragua, which was supported with a scholarship from SIDA/SAREC. The purpose of the investigation was to characterize textile wastewater released from the industrial zone, las Mercedes, in Managua, Nicaragua. The parameters analyzed in the characterization were compared with the permissible values regulated in the Decreto 33-95. A laboratory study was performed to evaluate the efficiency of biological treatment of textile wastewater in anaerobic and aerobic bioreactors.
The department has a collaboration with a textile industy in Tirupur. The goal is to set up a laboratory scale treatment process for dye wastewater. Once this is achieved successfully, next step will be to build an on-site pilot plant at the textile factory, where after the final goal is to reuse the treated wastewater within the factory.
Linda Önnby, a student from the Biotechnology department, Lund University, is doing a Minor Field Study in Kanpur, India, to compare fungal degradation, bacterial degradation and photocatalysis for treatment of dye wastewater. The wastewater used for studies comes from an industry located on the outskirts of Kanpur. The experiments are carried out at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.