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Detection of Arcobacter spp. in piggery effluent and effluent-irrigated soils in southeast Queensland

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Chinivasagam, H.N., Corney, B.G., Wright, L.L., Diallo, I.S. and Blackall, P.J. (2007) Detection of Arcobacter spp. in piggery effluent and effluent-irrigated soils in southeast Queensland. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 103 (2). pp. 418-426.

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Article Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2007.03275.x

Publisher URL: http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/home


Aims: To investigate the occurrence and levels of Arcobacter spp. in pig effluent ponds and effluent-treated soil.

Methods and Results: A Most Probable Number (MPN) method was developed to assess the levels of Arcobacter spp. in seven pig effluent ponds and six effluent-treated soils, immediately after effluent irrigation. Arcobacter spp. levels in the effluent ponds varied from 6.5 × 105 to 1.1 × 108 MPN 100 ml-1 and in freshly irrigated soils from 9.5 × 102 to 2.8 × 104 MPN g-1 in all piggery environments tested. Eighty-three Arcobacter isolates were subjected to an abbreviated phenotypic test scheme and examined using a multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The PCR identified 35% of these isolates as Arcobacter butzleri, 49% as Arcobacter cryaerophilus while 16% gave no band. All 13 nonreactive isolates were subjected to partial 16S rDNA sequencing and showed a high similarity (>99%) to Arcobacter cibarius.

Conclusions: A. butzleri, A. cryaerophilus and A. cibarius were isolated from both piggery effluent and effluent-irrigated soil, at levels suggestive of good survival in the effluent pond.

Significance and Impact of the Study: This is the first study to provide quantitative information on Arcobacter spp. levels in piggery effluent and to associate A. cibarius with pigs and piggery effluent environments.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Animal Science
Additional Information:© Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Keywords:Arcobacter spp.; effluent; most probable number (MPN) method; pigs; soil; analysis method; detection.
Subjects:Animal culture > Swine
Science > Microbiology
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Soils. Soil science
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