Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10295-003-0080-y
Title: Effects of pH and temperature on the survival of coliphages MS2 and Qβ
Authors: Feng, Y.Y. 
Ong, S.L. 
Hu, J.Y. 
Tan, X.L.
Ng, W.J. 
Keywords: Coliphage MS2
Coliphage Qβ
Inactivation
pH Temperature
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2003
Source: Feng, Y.Y., Ong, S.L., Hu, J.Y., Tan, X.L., Ng, W.J. (2003-09-01). Effects of pH and temperature on the survival of coliphages MS2 and Qβ. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 30 (9) : 549-552. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10295-003-0080-y
Abstract: The RNA F-specific coliphages, MS2 and Qβ, have been used as virus indicators in water and waste-water studies. It is therefore useful to have a good understanding concerning the effects of environmental factors on their survival in order to choose an appropriate candidate for assessing microbial safety in relation to water quality management. The effects of pH and temperature on the survival of these two coliphages were investigated. MS2 survived better in acidic conditions than in an alkaline environment. In contrast, Qβ had a better survival rate in alkaline conditions than in an acidic environment. The inactivation rates of both coliphages were lowest within the pH range 6-8 and the temperature range 5-35°C. The inactivation rates of both coliphages increased when the pH was decreased to below 6 or increased to above 8. The inactivation rates of both coliphages increased with increasing temperature. Qβ behaved peculiarly in extreme pH buffers, i.e. it was inactivated very rapidly initially when subjected to an extreme pH environment, although the inactivation rate subsequently decreased. In general, MS2 was a better indicator than Qβ. However, within the pH range 6-9 and at temperatures not above 25°C, either MS2 or Qβ could be used as a viral indicator.
Source Title: Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/65509
ISSN: 13675435
DOI: 10.1007/s10295-003-0080-y
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