Hopkins Marine Station Student Paper

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Title: Coliform bacteriophages as indicators of domestic sewage pollution in the marine environment
Student Author(s): Funkhouser, Thomas E.
Faculty Advisor(s): Phillips, John
Pages: 21
Location: Final Papers Biology 175H
Date: June 1971
Keywords: marine pollution
Abstract: The presence of domestic sewage pollution in the marine environment around Monterey Bay was studied. Escherichia coli strain B was used for coliphage detection. Studies found that coliphage survive longer and were distributed further from an outfall tan coliform bacteria. Even though the viruses appeared to be in large numbers only around sewage input sources into the sea and were not ubiquitous in the marine environment, small amounts of phage could be detected at distances away from input systems. Filtration of water samples prior to dilution in phage assays was not desirable.