Ernesto Hernandez, Robert Bachman and R.G. Edyvean have recently published in Anaerobe a study dealing with the measurement of biomass concentration using a low-cost and time-saving chemical based method.
In biological systems like sludge, the determination of the biomass concentration is essential and is usually carried out by a time-consuming and expensive method based on the measurement of volatile suspended solids.
The alternative presented by the authors targets the covalent bones in organic molecules and their method is validated by applying a stoichiometric oxidation equation. This paper is important as money and time are two essential factors in modern day research that can never be overlooked helping those working in the field of waste treatment, land remediation and bioenergy production from biomass fermentation.