Method for isolation of Bacteroides bacteriophage host strains suitable for tracking sources of faecal pollution in water
Payan, A., Ebdon, J.E., Taylor, H.D., Gantzer, C., Ottoson, J., Papageorgiou, G.T., Blanch, A.R., Lucena, F., Jofre, J. and Muniesa, M. (2005) Method for isolation of Bacteroides bacteriophage host strains suitable for tracking sources of faecal pollution in water Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 71 (9). pp. 5659-5662. ISSN 1098-5336
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Bacteriophages infecting Bacteroides are potentially a good tool for fecal source tracking, but different Bacteroides host strains are needed for different geographic areas. A feasible method for isolating Bacteroides host strains for phages present in human fecal material is described. Useful strains were identified for application in Spain and the United Kingdom. One strain, GA-17, identified as Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron, was tested in several locations in Europe with excellent performance in Southern Europe.
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