Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/0956-5663(94)80122-3
Title: Effects of pre-conditioning and microbial composition on the sensing efficacy of a BOD biosensor
Authors: Li, F.
Tan, C. 
Lee, Y.K. 
Keywords: Biofilm characterization
Bod sensor
Sensor pre-conditioning
Issue Date: 1994
Publisher: Publ by Elsevier Science Publ Ltd
Citation: Li, F., Tan, C., Lee, Y.K. (1994). Effects of pre-conditioning and microbial composition on the sensing efficacy of a BOD biosensor. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 9 (3) : 197-205. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/0956-5663(94)80122-3
Abstract: Sensitivity and the linear range of BOD measurement of a microbial BOD sensor using a mixed cell population of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis 7B depend significantly on the proportion of the two microorganisms and on the cell population immobilized on the biofilm. Optimum characteristics were obtained with equal proportion of the two microorganisms and an immobilized cell population of not less than 108 in the biofilm. Preconditioning of newly installed biofilm was best carried out in high BOD solutions and the time required to fully activate the microbial system decreased with increasing cell population. Fully activated biofilm remained stable and gave reproducible results for over 200 measurements covering a time period of more than 2 months. The technique of cell immobilization used in the present study provided a close control of the population and composition of the two microorganisms in the biofilm. Consistent and reproducible quality biofilms can therefore be produced for the preparation of the microbial BOD sensor.
Sensitivity and the linear range of BOD measurement of a microbial BOD sensor using a mixed cell population of Bacillus subtilis and Bacillus licheniformis 7B depend significantly on the proportion of the two microorganisms and on the cell population immobilized on the biofilm. Optimum characteristics were obtained with equal proportion of the two microorganisms and an immobilized cell population of not less than 108 on the biofilm. Pre-conditioning of newly installed biofilm was best carried out in high BOD solutions and the time required to fully activate the microbial system decreased with increasing cell population. Fully activated biofilm remained stable and gave reproducible results for over 200 measurements covering a time period of more than two months. The technique of cell immobilization used in the present study provided a close control of the population and composition of the two microorganisms in the biofilm. Consistent and reproducible quality biofilms can therefore be produced for the preparation of the microbial BOD sensor.
Source Title: Biosensors and Bioelectronics
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/31499
ISSN: 09565663
DOI: 10.1016/0956-5663(94)80122-3
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