R+ bacteria in estuarine sediments

Sagar M. Goyal, Charles P. Gerba, Joseph L. Melnick

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Increased construction of coastal canal communities had led to a deterioration of the water quality in the canals. In addition to being used for recreational activities, the canals serve as a dumping place for domestic sewage from these communities. This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of transferable drug-resistant (R+) bacteria in six coastal canals. A significantly higher number of R+ bacteria (both pathogenic and nonpathogenic) occurred in the bottom sediments than in the overlaying water. These sediments can be resuspended following rain, dredging, storms, boating, and diving, thus releasing their bacterial populations into the overlaying water.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages3
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1979

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution


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