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
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..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council Linkage program
The authors wish to acknowledge their funding partners Melbourne Water (Victoria), Environmental Protection Authority (Victoria), Mornington Peninsula Shire and the Australian Research Council Linkage program (LP120100718) and the help of Dr. Peter Bach in preparation of the site map for Victoria.