Influence of DOC on MS-2 bacteriophage transport in a sandy soil

Li Cheng, Alexandra S. Chetochine, Ian L. Pepper, Mark L. Brusseau

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) on MS-2 bacteriophage transport in a sandy soil. Miscible-displacement experiments were conducted to examine the retention and transport of MS-2, at two influent concentrations, in the absence and presence of DOC. Effluent recoveries of MS-2 were similar for both sets of experiments. The results of the experiments were analyzed with a mathematical model that incorporated inactivation and rate-limited attachment/detachment. The optimized attachment rate coefficients were similar for all experiments. These results indicate that DOC had no significant influence on the transport of MS-2 in this soil. A mass-balance analysis based on the mathematical-modeling results revealed that attachment was significant during the early stages of the experiments, and that the majority of attached MS-2 became inactivated by the time the experiments were completed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)315-322
Number of pages8
JournalWater, Air, and Soil Pollution
Issue number1-4
StatePublished - Jan 2007


  • DOC
  • Filtration
  • Transport
  • Virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Pollution


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