Determination of Escherichia coli contamination with chromocult coliform agar showed a high level of discrimination efficiency for differing fecal pollution levels in tropical waters of Kampala, Uganda

Dennis Byamukama, Frank Kansiime, Robert L. Mach, Andreas H. Farnleitner*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Escherichia coli, total coliforms, fecal coliforms, and sulfite-reducing anaerobic spore formers from different polluted sites in a tropical environment were determined in order to test for their indication ability for fecal contamination. Quantification of E. coli contamination with Chromocult coliform agar proved to be efficient and feasible for determining fecal pollutions in the investigated area within 24 h. The other microbial parameters showed a lower ability to differentiate sites and cannot be recommended for monitoring fecal pollution in the studied tropical surface waters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)864-868
Number of pages5
JournalApplied and Environmental Microbiology
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Food Science
  • Ecology
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology

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