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dc.contributor.authorPaulse, A.N.en_US
dc.contributor.authorJackson, Vanessa Angelaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKhan, Sehaamen_US
dc.contributor.authorKhan, W.en_US
dc.identifier.citationPaulse, A. N., Jackson, V. A., Khan, S. et al. 2012. Isolation and identification of bacterial pollutants from the Berg and Plankenburg Rivers in the Western Cape, South Africa. Water SA, 38(5): 819-824. []en_US
dc.description.abstractBacterial species present in the Berg and Plankenburg Rivers (Western Cape, South Africa) were isolated from water and biofilm samples and population shifts between sampling sites were phylogenetically identified. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) extraction of representative isolates was performed and amplified using 2 different primer sets. Various Enterobacteriaceae species were present at all of the sites, confirming faecal contamination. Phylogenetic analyses also showed that, in general, Gram-negative micro-organisms dominated at all of the sites sampled in both the Berg and Plankenburg river systems. Pathogens and opportunistic pathogens, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus sp., and Bacillus cereus, were isolated from the Berg River. Similarly, in the Plankenburg River system, Aeromonas sp., Acinetobacter sp., Stenotrophomonas sp. and Yersinia enterocolitica were also isolated. This raises major health concerns as human population densities along both rivers are high, thus resulting in increased human exposure to these organisms.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofWater SAen_US
dc.subjectfaecal contaminationen_US
dc.subjectinformal settlementen_US
dc.subjectriver wateren_US
dc.subjectwaterborne illnessesen_US
dc.titleIsolation and identification of bacterial pollutants from the Berg and Plankenburg Rivers in the Western Cape, South Africaen_US
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