AuthorJing, Wen, 1966-
AdvisorGerba, Charles P.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractInvestigated in laboratory column experiments were the effects of 0.01 M and 0.001 M CaPO₄ concentrations and pH on the attachment-detachment of bacteriophages PRD-1 and MS-2. Bacteriophages PRD-1 and MS-2 exhibited attachment to the soil at concentrations of 0.01M CaPO₄ and 0.5M NaCl. Release of attached phage at 0.001 M CaPO₄ and without NaCl was observed. The pH was also found to affect the attachment-detachment of PRD-1 and MS-2. However, they attached at pH 5.5 and detached at pH 8.0 at a limited extent and over an extented long period of time. The effect of salt concentration on deattachment was greater than the effect of pH. Similar results were obtained when glass beads were used as the adsorbent. These results suggest that changes in pH and ionic strength (as might occur after a rainfall) can result in the rapid release of previously adsorbed virus. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Microbiology and Immunology