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RECORD NUMBER: 84 OF 138
|OLS Field Name||OLS Field Data|
|Main Title||Modeling Microbial Transport in Soil and Groundwater: Microbiologists Can Assist in the Development of Models of Contaminant Transport.|
|Author||Yates, M. V. ; Yates., S. R. ;|
|CORP Author||California Univ., Riverside. Dept. of Soil and Environmental Sciences. ;Agricultural Research Service, Riverside, CA. Salinity Lab.;Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Lab., Ada, OK.|
|Additional Subjects||Microorganisms ; Ground water ; Water pollution ; Mathematical models ; Survival ; Environmental transport ; Sediment transport ; Public health ; Water supply ;|
A large body of literature describes the processes affecting the fate of microorganisms in the subsurface environment (i.e., soil and groundwater). The fate of microorganisms depends on two main components: survival and transport. Both components must be considered when determining whether there is a hazard to human health associated with the contamination of the groundwater. If a microorganism can survive in the subsurface but is not readily transported through the soil, it likely does not pose a large threat. Similarly, if it is easily transported but does not persist, it may not be of much concern. However, if a microorganism survives in an infective form long enough to be transported through the soil and into the groundwater, it may contaminate the water supply.