Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.10.013
Title: Assessment of bacterial pathogens in fresh rainwater and airborne particulate matter using Real-Time PCR
Authors: Kaushik, R.
Balasubramanian, R. 
Keywords: Aerosols
Air quality
Bioaerosols
Pathogens
Rainwater
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Source: Kaushik, R., Balasubramanian, R. (2012-01). Assessment of bacterial pathogens in fresh rainwater and airborne particulate matter using Real-Time PCR. Atmospheric Environment 46 : 131-139. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.10.013
Abstract: Bacterial pathogens in airborne particulate matter (PM) and in rainwater (RW) were detected using a robust and sensitive Real-Time PCR method. Both RW and PM were collected simultaneously in the tropical atmosphere of Singapore, which were then subjected to analysis for the presence of selected bacterial pathogens and potential pathogen of health concern (Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Aeromonas hydrophila). These pathogens were found to be prevalent in both PM and RW samples with E. coli being the most prevalent potential pathogen in both types of samples. The temporal distribution of these pathogens in PM and RW was found to be similar to each other. Using the proposed microbiological technique, the atmospheric deposition (dry and wet deposition) of bacterial pathogens to lakes and reservoirs can be studied in view of growing concerns about the outbreak of waterborne diseases. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Atmospheric Environment
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/58962
ISSN: 13522310
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2011.10.013
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