Microbial Source Tracking: Methods, Applications, and Case Studies

  • Charles Hagedorn
  • Anicet R. Blanch
  • Valerie J. Harwood

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Charles Hagedorn, Valerie J. Harwood, Anicet R. Blanch
    Pages 1-6
  3. Valerie J. Harwood, Donald M. Stoeckel
    Pages 7-30
  4. Joanna Mott, Amanda Smith
    Pages 31-59
  5. Stefan Wuertz, Dan Wang, Georg H. Reischer, Andreas H. Farnleitner
    Pages 61-112
  6. S. M. McQuaig, R. T. Noble
    Pages 113-135
  7. Juan Jofre, Jill R. Stewart, Willie Grabow
    Pages 137-156
  8. Joseph A. Moss, Richard A. Snyder
    Pages 157-188
  9. Charles Hagedorn, Stephen B. Weisberg
    Pages 189-206
  10. Lluís A. Belanche, Anicet R. Blanch
    Pages 207-227
  11. Jane Caldwell, Pierre Payment, Richard Villemur
    Pages 229-250
  12. Yiping Cao, Cindy H. Wu, Gary L. Andersen, Patricia A. Holden
    Pages 251-282
  13. Christopher M. Teaf, Michele M. Garber, Valerie J. Harwood
    Pages 301-312
  14. Brian Benham, Leigh-Anne Krometis, Gene Yagow, Karen Kline, Theo Dillaha
    Pages 313-335
  15. Julie Kinzelman, David Kay, Kathy Pond
    Pages 337-359
  16. Donna Ferguson, Caterina Signoretto
    Pages 379-397
  17. Andreas H. Farnleitner, Georg H. Reischer, Hermann Stadler, Denny Kollanur, Regina Sommer, Wolfgang Zerobin et al.
    Pages 399-431
  18. Cheryl W. Propst, Valerie J. Harwood, Gerold Morrison
    Pages 433-450
  19. Helena M. Solo-Gabriele, Alexandria B. Boehm, Troy M. Scott, Christopher D. Sinigalliano
    Pages 451-483
  20. Warish Ahmed, Marek Kirs, Brent Gilpin
    Pages 485-513
  21. Charles Hagedorn, Joe Eugene Lepo, Kristen Nicole Hellein, Abidemi O. Ajidahun, Liang Xinqiang, Hua Li
    Pages 515-544
  22. Stephaney D. Leskinen, Elizabeth A. Kearns
    Pages 545-558
  23. Back Matter
    Pages 629-642

About this book


Microbial source tracking (MST) is a sub-discipline of environmental microbiology that has emerged and grown in response to the inability of conventional fecal indicator bacteria (such as Escherichia coli and enterococci) to discriminate among the many possible sources of fecal pollution in environmental waters.  MST’s current and potential applications range from beach monitoring to total maximum daily load (TMDL) assessment of pollution sources, which in turn will mediate greater protection of public health and improvement of environmental water quality.

This comprehensive book taps the expertise of many of the leading research scientists from an international assemblage, and considers a geographic range from the U.S. to China, New Zealand, Australia, and the EU. It addresses subjects ranging from the fundamentals of MST methods, their pros and cons, and performance criteria necessary during method development, and application, to case studies from beach, agricultural, and urban watersheds. Separate chapters focus on viral-, protozoan-, chemical-, and mitochondrial DNA-based methods. Specialized topics include legal and TMDL-associated issues, public perceptions, statistical analysis, food safety, national security, and using MST in undergraduate education.

The audience for this work will include advanced undergraduate and graduate students from scientific and engineering disciplines who are interested in microbial water quality, research scientists, regulators, and others interested in the fundamentals, applications and interpretation of MST methods and data.

Editors and affiliations

  • Charles Hagedorn
    • 1
  • Anicet R. Blanch
    • 2
  • Valerie J. Harwood
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. Crop & Soil Environmental SciencesVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Fac. Biologia, Depto. MicrobiologiaUniversitat BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  3. 3.Dept. Biology, Div. Integrative Biology (IB)University of South FloridaTampaUSA

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