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Pathogen Transport in the Environment and its Relation to Public Health

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Abstract

Land application of manure is a common practice among livestock farms in Canada. In fact, the practice has been traditionally accepted and encouraged as one component of a sustainable agricultural system. From the farmers' point of view, recycling manure not only efficiently reduces disposal problems and decreases production costs, but also recovers valuable nutrients and improves crop yields. Ideally, under proper management, this practice represents efficient utilization of animal waste with little harm to the environment. Apart from its contribution toward excess nutrients, livestock manure can also contain various types of human pathogens. Depending on the sensitivity of pathogens to environmental stress, application of manure to land may result in contamination of soil and water supplies with undesirable organisms and thus pose a health hazard to the general public.

Keywords

Fecal Coliform Animal Waste Fecal Bacterium Unsaturated Flow Liquid Manure 
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  1. 1.University of ManitobaWinnipeg

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