TOFPSW Tracking the origin of faecal pollution in surface water

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   31/12/2000         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: EVK1-CT-2000-00080
Organisation Type:  EC Project
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Water resources and their management -->Water resources and their management Overview
Project objectives:
This project is focussed on tracking the origin of faecal pollution in surface waters. Standardised or established methods will be used to characterise surface 
water with faecal pollution from known origin. The development of new methods, that could complement the available methodologies, is also planned. The implementation
of the new methods and the factorial analysis of results have an added value because they will be performed using standardised techniques on a common sampling
strategy and at a transnational level. The main benefits of this project are to provide an innovative set of microbiological and chemical determinants to identify
faecal pollution sources and characterise surface water from different origin. The scientific objectives of the project are: 1. To compare different established methods for tracking the origin of faecal pollution (human or animal) in surface water. 2. To study the feasibility of these methodologies within the European dimension. 3. To characterise surface water with faecal pollution from different origin by using standardised and established methodologies. 4. To develop new microbiological methods to identify the source of faecal pollution. 5. To implement the new methods and compare them with the available ones in order to improve techniques of measuring faecal pollution.
Project Summary:
The project seeks to develop an innovative tool to determine faecal pollution   sources using standardised methods, in a common sampling strategy within the 
EU dimension. Levels of present microbial faecal indicators (faecal coliforms and streptococci, spores of clostridia and somatic coliphages) will be compared
with levels of proposed parameters (phages of Bacteroides fragilis, subgrouping of F- specific RNA phages, phenotyping of faecal coliforms/streptococci
and levels of beta-stanol) for tracking faecal sources of pollution in a wide range of surface waters. The proposal plans to develop and compare new methods
(speciation and biochemical phenotyping of Bifidobacterium spp., specific detection of Giardia spp., human viruses indicator detected by nucleic acid
recognition and antibiotic resistance profiles in faecal streptococci) with established approaches. The end users that could benefit from the findings
of this project have been identified.
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Tracking the origin of faecal pollution in surface water: an ongoing project within the European Union research programme

Pollution source tracking to meet the demands of the revised European Union bathing water directive.

Faecal source tracking as a tool for agricultural pollution management.

Diversidad de las poblaciones de coliformes fecales y enterococos en las aguas residuales y fangos en una estación depuradora.

The use of carbon source profiles to distinguish sources of faecal pollution.

Tracking the origin of faecal pollution in surface water.

Identifying the origin of faecal pollution in surface waters. A challenge for the development of multiparametric sensor systems

Comparison of enterococcal populations related to urban and hospital wastewater in various climatic and geographic European regions.

Evidence for a Transmission Between Humans and the Environment of a Nosocomial Strain of Enterococcus faecium

Use of Bifidobacterium dentium as an indicator of the origin of fecal water pollution.

The effect of reducing agents on the recovery of injured Bifidobacterium cells

Faecal source tracking in the UK: a European perspective.

The composition and the persistance of faecal coliforms and enterococcal populations in sewage treatment plants.

Phenotypic population characteristics of the enterococci in human and animal faeces: Implications for the new European directive on the quality of bathing waters.

Detection de Giardia lamblia par biologie moléculaire dans le milieu hydrique.

Giardia cysts enumeration in wastewater characterized by faecal contamination origin : comparison of concentration and purification methods.

Determining the origin of faecal pollution source in water by selective detection of Bifidobacterium spp.

The determination of the origin of faecal pollution in surf. waters. A challenge for the develop. of multiparamet. sensor systems.

Determinación del origen de contaminación fecal mediante B. adolescentis y B. dentium utilizando una PCR múltiple.

A simplified low-cost approach to antibiotic resistance profiling for faecal source tracking.

Results of TOFPSW (5FP, EU) project.

Quantification de Giardia lamblia et de ses génotypes par PCR en temps réel

Tracking sources of faecal pollution using antibiotic resistance profiling.

Phenotyping of bacterial populations: a useful method for microbial source tracking.

Determinación del origen de la contaminación fecal del agua mediante la detección de Bifidobacterium dentium.

Intérêt des bactériophages en tant qu’indicateur de la présence de virus pathogènes dans les eaux de la rivière Moselle.

Improved specificity for Giardia lamblia cyst quantification in wastewater by development of real-time PCR method

Tracking the origin of faecal pollution in surface water. An ongoing project within the European Union research programme.

The detection of Bifidobacterium dentium as an indicator of human faecal pollution in water.

Bacteriophages and indicator of fecal contamination in the environment.

Advances in faecal source tracking technology.

Tracking the origin of fecal pollution in surface water. Example of an ongoing project within the European Union research programme.

Devenir des bactériophages et des indicateurs bactériens dans les eaux de rivière.

Viral contamination of the Moselle river

Indicator of viral contamination in river water.
Funding Programme(s): 
EC Framework Programme 5
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Prof Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/07/2003 17:48:00
Updated by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  03/10/2006 15:12:00