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A Study of the Longevity of f2 Bacteriophage in Marine and Fresh Water Sewage Effluent, and Its Use as a Biological Indicator of Pollution

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1968
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The significance of the transmission of animal viruses in sewage polluted fresh and marine waters becomes an increasingly important factor as more and more evidence is presented to support the fact that in the case of many viral types one virus particle constitutes an infective dose. Therefore it is very important that a method of determining the extent of viral pollution in sewage polluted bodies of marine and fresh water be found. The longevity of f2 bacteriophage in both marine and fresh water sewage polluted samples was determined, and shown to be 3 to 4 days for marine water and 8 days for fresh water. It was also shown that the culture medium in which the f2 phage was produced, and the larger macromolecular polymers commonly found associated with sewage had a favorable affect in increasing the longevity of f2 phage. It was shown that f2 bacteriophage could be used to follow the initial dispersion of the sewage boil arising from an ocean outfall sewerage system. From these results it was concluded that f2 bacteriophage could be used for more detailed studies concerned with the transmission of viruses in sewage polluted waters.
Title: A Study of the Longevity of f2 Bacteriophage in Marine and Fresh Water Sewage Effluent, and Its Use as a Biological Indicator of Pollution.
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Name(s): Twist, Ernest Michael
Waddell, Glenn H., Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 1968
Date Issued: 1968
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 45 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The significance of the transmission of animal viruses in sewage polluted fresh and marine waters becomes an increasingly important factor as more and more evidence is presented to support the fact that in the case of many viral types one virus particle constitutes an infective dose. Therefore it is very important that a method of determining the extent of viral pollution in sewage polluted bodies of marine and fresh water be found. The longevity of f2 bacteriophage in both marine and fresh water sewage polluted samples was determined, and shown to be 3 to 4 days for marine water and 8 days for fresh water. It was also shown that the culture medium in which the f2 phage was produced, and the larger macromolecular polymers commonly found associated with sewage had a favorable affect in increasing the longevity of f2 phage. It was shown that f2 bacteriophage could be used to follow the initial dispersion of the sewage boil arising from an ocean outfall sewerage system. From these results it was concluded that f2 bacteriophage could be used for more detailed studies concerned with the transmission of viruses in sewage polluted waters.
Identifier: FA00000841 (IID)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Thesis (M.S.)--Florida Atlantic University, 1968.
Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Subject(s): Sewage disposal in the ocean
Marine pollution
Bacteriophages
Sewage--Microbiology
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