The enterococcal surface protein (esp) gene has been proposed as a marker of human faecal contamination, as it appears to be restricted to surface waters receiving human inputs. However, it has been reported that the gene may also be present in non-human sources, and its geographical distribution has been questioned. This study investigated aspects of the ecology of the esp gene in human and non-human faeces and evaluated critically its potential as a microbial source tracking (MST) tool.
|Date of Award||2014|
|Supervisor||Jon Caplin (Supervisor)|