Molecular vs culture methods for the detection of bacterial faecal indicators in groundwater for human use.

@article{Lleo2005MolecularVC,
  title={Molecular vs culture methods for the detection of bacterial faecal indicators in groundwater for human use.},
  author={M. M. Lleo and Barbara Bonato and Maria Carla Tafi and Caterina Signoretto and Carla Pruzzo and Pietro Canepari},
  journal={Letters in applied microbiology},
  year={2005},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={289-94}
}
AIMS The current standard culture methods are unable to detect nongrowing bacteria and, thus, might not be sufficient for precise monitoring of the microbiological quality of waters. The use of a molecular method such as PCR could be a valid alternative to detect bacterial faecal contamination indicators such as Escherichia coli and Enterococcus faecalis and reveal the presence of culturable and nonculturable bacterial forms. METHODS AND RESULTS The presence of E. coli and Ent. faecalis cells… CONTINUE READING

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