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Inactivation Rates of Coliphages Isolated from Waste Water Treatment Plant Effluents in Georgia
Georgacopoulous, O., B. Acrey, M. Molina, AND R. Zepp. Inactivation Rates of Coliphages Isolated from Waste Water Treatment Plant Effluents in Georgia. 2017 Georgia Water Resources Conference, Athens, GA, April 19 - 20, 2017.
Compare the inactivation behavior of separate communities of somatic and fRNA coliphages to that of coliphage indicators (MS2 and ΦΧ174) to determine their applicability in modeling transport of community phages from point sources into surface waters.
Coliphages are a type of host-specific bacteriophages that infect E. coli and are found abundantly in the gut of animals, including humans. They share many structural similarities with human enteric viruses and are being evaluated as indicators for the presence of enteric viral contamination of water sources in lieu of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB). Direct inactivation by solar irradiation of MS2 (an fRNA, male-specific coliphage) and ΦΧ174 (a somatic coliphage) have been well-documented; however, these surrogate indicators are not always present in all sources of fecal contamination or may not behave the same as a mixed community of coliphages.