Journal article

Into the deep: Evaluation of SourceTracker for assessment of faecal contamination of coastal waters

Rebekah Henry, Christelle Schang, Scott Coutts, Peter Kolotelo, Toby Prosser, Nick Crosbie, Trish Grant, Darren Cottam, Peter O'Brien, Ana Deletic, David McCarthy

Water Research | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

Faecal contamination of recreational waters is an increasing global health concern. Tracing the source of the contaminant is a vital step towards mitigation and disease prevention. Total 16S rRNA amplicon data for a specific environment (faeces, water, soil) and computational tools such as the Markov-Chain Monte Carlo based SourceTracker can be applied to microbial source tracking (MST) and attribution studies. The current study applied artificial and in-laboratory derived bacterial communities to define the potential and limitations associated with the use of SourceTracker, prior to its application for faecal source tracking at three recreational beaches near Port Phillip Bay (Victoria, Aus..

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