Developing a DNA Marker System for Bacteria from Cattle, Swine and Poultry Manure
Michael Sadowsky - University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water and Climate, firstname.lastname@example.org (612) 624-2706
In the first part of the study, researchers used sophisticated laboratory techniques (subtraction suppressive hybridization) to identify DNAs that are specific for E. coli originating from cows, pigs, and turkeys.They used different laboratory methods to identify fecal bacteria originating from humans and cows. Information gathered was used in the second part of the study to determine the source of fecal contamination in Little Jordan Creek.The purpose of the second part of this study was to determine the scale and source of fecal contamination in the creek and then employ best management practices (BMPs) at the beginning of and throughout the next year to reduce fecal loading.
A detailed description of all projects is located at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research website.
About the Issue
This project is supported by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research Program. The overarching goals of this research program are to identify underlying processes that affect water quality, to evaluate the effectiveness of agricultural Best Management Practices, and to develop technologies to target BMPs to critical areas of the landscape.
The first year of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Clean Water Research program was 2007. A one-time appropriation of $800,000 was used to support four research projects. All projects were identified as high priority needs that required specific expertise and resources to effectively address the research question. All projects were funded through sole source contracts.
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