CLEMSON MOLECULAR PLANT PATHOGEN DETECTION LAB AND CENTER FOR WATERSHED EXCELLENCE OFFER NEW BACTERIA SOURCE TESTING SERVICE
Clemson is now offering a new service to its stakeholders for the identification of source of bacteria to waterways collectively known as microbial source tracking. This lab service detects target DNA sequences to identify sources of fecal waste in surface water samples. Bacteria can enter waterways by way of runoff and direct discharge; sources of bacteria are many in a watershed (sewer, septic failures, wildlife, livestock, feral and domestic animals, waterfowl, ruminants, etc.). Current bacteria testing methods estimate the presence of fecal-indicator bacteria in a stream; this service from Clemson provides information on the presence of fecal bacteria in waterways and quantifies the amount of bacteria related to human, swine, bovine, and canine. It is an emerging technology and the most promising of microbial source tracking techniques.
As a land grant university, we wish to bring research and science to application, in service to the public. Therefore, this service is priced so that those interested can send more samples, to expedite a strategy to mitigate known bacteria sources.
This is a test that can be recommended to communities, organizations, and agencies, same as a soil test or plant disease sample. An informational handout will soon follow this email for distribution. This is a test suitable for fresh and saline waters. Samples can be sent or delivered from anywhere in the state, but must be coordinated in advance, with client agreement paperwork completed. Please feel free to direct inquiries to Katie Callahan or Dr. Steve Cole.
More information about the lab service can be found at https://www.clemson.edu/public/water/watershed/projects/qpcr.html.