Fluorescent dye labeled bacteriophages - A new tracer for the investigation of viral transport in porous media: 1. Introduction and characterization

Vitaly Gitis, Avner Adin, Abed Nasser, Jenny Gun, Ovadia Lev

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Abstract

A new method for the study of pathogen transport in porous media is presented. The method is based on conjugation of fluorescent dyes to target bacteriophages and application of the modified bacteriophages for tracer studies. We demonstrate that the relevant transport determining properties of Rhodamine and several fluorescein-labeled phages are practically identical to those of the native bacteriophages. The advantages of the proposed method relative to direct enumeration of bacteriophages by plaque forming unit method, turbidity, fluorescent microspheres, and other alternative tracers are discussed. Notable advantages include simple quantitation by optical methods, unbiased signals even when virus aggregates are formed, and the ability to decouple inactivation kinetics from transport phenomena. Additionally, the signal reflects the removal and transport of the studied microorganism and not a surrogate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4227-4234
Number of pages8
JournalWater Research
Volume36
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Deep-bed filtration
  • MS2 bacteriophage
  • Porous media
  • Tracer studies

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