Faecal source tracking in surface waters: A review of faecal indicator microorganisms and current methods

Ahmed, Warish, Neller, Ron, & Katouli, Mohammad (2005) Faecal source tracking in surface waters: A review of faecal indicator microorganisms and current methods. Environmental Health, 5(4), pp. 51-68.

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Faecal indicator microorganisms have long been used by water quality industries to assess the quality of surface, ground and shellfish-harvesting waters. However, none of these indicators are universally accepted as they lack of desired characteristics of a suitable indicator. Furthermore, they do not provide sufficient information regarding their source of origin. Over the past ten years, researchers have developed many phenotypic, genotypic and chemical methods to identify the faecal contamination in waterways by typing various indicator microorganisms. Ironically, there is no "gold standard" method for faecal source tracking. This paper is a critical evaluation of faecal indicators along with the advantages and limitations of current methods for tracking the sources of faecal contamination.

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ID Code: 13489
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1444-5212
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900) > Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified (059999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Australian Institute of Environmental Health
Deposited On: 06 May 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:28

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