Identification of the origin of faecal contamination in estuarine oysters using Bacteroidales and F-specific RNA bacteriophage markers

Type Article
Date 2013-09
Language English
Author(s) Mieszkin Sophie1, Caprais Marie-Paule1, Le Mennec Cecile1, Le Goff Manon1, Edge T. A.2, Gourmelon MicheleORCID1
Affiliation(s) 1 : IFREMER, Lab Sante Environm & Microbiol, Unite SG2M, Dept RBE, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
2 : Environm Canada, Water Sci & Technol Directorate, Natl Water Res Inst, Burlington, ON L7R 4A6, Canada.
Source Journal Of Applied Microbiology (1364-5072) (Wiley-blackwell), 2013-09 , Vol. 115 , N. 3 , P. 897-907
DOI 10.1111/jam.12260
WOS© Times Cited 17
Keyword(s) Escherichia coli, Estuarine and river waters, F-specific RNA bacteriophages, host-associated Bacteroidales markers, microbial source tracking, shellfish
Abstract Aims: The aim of this study was to identify the origin of faecal pollution impacting the Elorn estuary (Brittany, France) by applying microbial source tracking (MST) markers in both oysters and estuarine waters. Methods and Results: The MST markers used were as follows: (i) human-, ruminant- and pig-associated Bacteroidales markers by real-time PCR and (ii) human genogroup II and animal genogroup I of F-specific RNA bacteriophages (FRNAPH) by culture/genotyping and by direct real-time reverse-transcriptase PCR. The higher occurrence of the human genogroup II of F-specific RNA bacteriophages using a culture/genotyping method, and human-associated Bacteroidales marker by real-time PCR, allowed the identification of human faecal contamination as the predominant source of contamination in oysters (total of 18 oyster batches tested) and waters (total of 24 water samples tested). The importance of using the intravalvular liquids instead of digestive tissues, when applying host-associated Bacteroidales markers in oysters, was also revealed. Conclusions: This study has shown that the application of a MST toolbox of diverse bacterial and viral methods can provide multiple lines of evidence to identify the predominant source of faecal contamination in shellfish from an estuarine environment. Significance and Impact of the Study: Application of this MST toolbox is a useful approach to understand the origin of faecal contamination in shellfish harvesting areas in an estuarine setting.
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Mieszkin Sophie, Caprais Marie-Paule, Le Mennec Cecile, Le Goff Manon, Edge T. A., Gourmelon Michele (2013). Identification of the origin of faecal contamination in estuarine oysters using Bacteroidales and F-specific RNA bacteriophage markers. Journal Of Applied Microbiology, 115(3), 897-907. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :