Bacteriophagesin bathing watersFunded under: FP5-GROWTH
Methods for the detection and enumeration of somatic coliphages, F-specific RNA bacteriophages and bacteriophages infecting Bacteriodes fragilis had been standardized and validated. Conditions for the preparation, transport and distribution of bacteriophage reference materials and preservation of samples had been defined. A method based on flocculation with Mg(OH2) with concentration efficiencies from about 40% was settled to concentrate phages from bathing waters. All methods were successfully implemented in routine laboratories all around the EU. Data on the occurrence of bacteriophages as compared to E. coli and Enterococci are available from diverse situations encountered I the EU. Results allow to conclude that the potential of phages for the determination of the microbiological quality of bathing waters merits to be considered since their determination is feasible and their behaviour in natural water differs from the behaviour indicators and consequently they add valuable information.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19506 EN (2000), 69pp.
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ISBN: ISBN 92-828-9145-3
Record Number: 200011958 / Last updated on: 2000-05-12
Original language: en
Available languages: en