I posted this to bionet.technology without success so I'm trying here!
I am involved in trying to set up a post doc research project based on
novel methods of treating water and wastewater. One aspect of this is
the possibility that ultra sound may have a useful role to play in
reducing microbial levels without the production of byproducts as
produced by chemical disinfection.
Ultra sound can quite happily bust open parasites and bacteria but what
about viruses? Has anyone any information on the survival of viruses
(and other microorganisms would be helpful) when sonicated.
The application of ultra sound in water and wastewater treatment seems to
have not been widely used - is this because nobody has thought of it,
it's too expensive or does it not work? Any info would be welcome. I
have come across one reference to ultrasound being used on a full plant
scale somewhere in the southern US (site not named). Has anyone any data
on such plants?
eMail: wmorris at cix.compulink.co.uk