Health Implications of Biofilms in Drinking Water Systems
Final rept. 1 Jul 2003-30 Jun 2008
MONTANA STATE UNIV BOZEMAN
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Pathogenic bacteria can be trapped and retained in biofilms in drinking water distribution systems for times that exceed their persistence in the water. Consequently, biofilms can be used as a tool for interrogating a drinking water system to determine if an agent has been added. Basic and applied research has provided insight on how to detect pathogens, how they are retained in biofilms, the behavior of these organisms in biofilms, a prototype device for capturing pathogens, and models for predicting pathogen presence and potential growth.
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