Front Microbiol 2021 20;12:673604. Epub 2021 May 20.
Center for Global Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United States.
Phages, such as those infecting spp., have been proven to be reliable indicators of human fecal contamination in microbial source tracking (MST) studies, and the efficacy of these MST markers found to vary geographically. This study reports the application and evaluation of candidate MST methods (phages infecting previously isolated strain GB-124, newly isolated strains (K10, K29, and K33) and recently isolated strain ASH-08), along with non-source specific somatic coliphages (SOMCPH infecting strain WG-5) and indicator bacteria () for identifying fecal contamination pathways in Kolkata, India. Read More