COLIPHAGES AND INDICATOR BACTERIA IN BIRDS AROUND BOSTON HARBOR

Citation
Dm. Ricca et Jj. Cooney, COLIPHAGES AND INDICATOR BACTERIA IN BIRDS AROUND BOSTON HARBOR, Journal of industrial microbiology & biotechnology, 21(1-2), 1998, pp. 28-30
Citations number
18
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Biothechnology & Applied Migrobiology
Volume
21
Issue
1-2
Year of publication
1998
Pages
28 - 30
Database
ISI
SICI code
Abstract
Droppings from feral populations of pigeons, geese and herring gulls f rom the urban/suburban environment around Boston Harbor, MA, USA conta ined up to 10(6) somatic coliphages, 10(8) enterococci, 10(9) thermoto lerant coliforms and 10(2) F-specific coliphages per gram of feces, So matic coliphages, enterococci and thermotolerant coliforms were common in the feces of all three kinds of birds but F-specific coliphages we re found in droppings from only three of 32 gulls, Thus these sources of bacterial and viral indicators should be considered when dealing wi th the ecology of fecal pollution indicators, Moreover, microbial indi cators of fecal or sewage pollution originating from bird droppings ma y be mistaken for indicators that come from humans. This may cause an overestimate of the hazard from human pathogens in water and confound attempts to locate sources of fecal or sewage pollution.