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PROJECT TITLE:

Evaluation of Rapid QPCR Method for Enterococci with Correlative Assessment for Molecular Markers for Sewage Contamination in Selected Environmental Water Samples from Hawaii


PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR:
Dr. Marek Kirs, Assistant Researcher, Water Resources Research Center

SPONSOR:
National Institute for Water Resources, Water Resources Research Institute Program

PROJECT PERIOD:
6/1/2012 - 2/29/2013

ABSTRACT:

This project evaluated rapid qPCR test for enterococci and microbial source tracking technology in Hawaii. Tests for current and alternative microbial indicators were conducted in parallel to evaluate potential of novel molecular methodologies. These tests are applicable in marine and freshwater environments. The evaluation of those methodologies has improved current microbial water quality monitoring programs and is critical for meaningful water management decisions in Hawaii. The project was a collaborative effort between WRRC (UH), City and County of Honolulu and Department of Health, Hawaii and is timely as new rapid method for enterococci will be implemented by USEPA in 2013.

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