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Black oligotrophs in indoor water systems and their impact on human health

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Title Black oligotrophs in indoor water systems and their impact on human health
Period 01 / 2002 - 12 / 2006
Status Completed
Research number OND1310369
Data Supplier Website Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures

Abstract

We discovered that the municipal drinking water network, using groundwater, is consistently infested with slow-growing black fungi. The significance of these oligotrophic organisms, which may also play a role in the bottling industry of mineral water, will be investigated using AFLP, MLST, microsatellites and sequencing IGS and HSP. The occurrence of fungal biofilms deep in the network is remarkable and suggests contamination from groundwater currents. The presence of similar fungi in the bottom of deep, cold lakes will be verified. Population genetic studies will be undertaken in order to reveal the occurrence of meiotic recombination in one of the main species.

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LUFA Augustenberg, Karlsruhe (Germany): E. Göttlich
Faculty of Medicine, Athens (Greece): A. Velegraki
Veterinary Faculty, Oslo (Norway): N. Hageskal

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Classification

A12000 Surfacewater and groundwater
A34600 Foods and stimulants
A64100 Drinking water supply
A70000 Public health and health care
D21400 Genetics
D22100 Microbiology

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