volume 39, issue 4, P541-548 2005
DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2004.11.012
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Anouk Martellini, Pierre Payment, Richard Villemur

Abstract: A molecular method based on the detection of mitochondrial DNA from various animal species was developed to track the origin of surface water pollutions, and to differentiate human and animal sources. Mitochondrial DNA sequences were used to design PCR primers specific for human, bovine, ovine and porcine DNA using single, multiplex and nested PCR protocols. The primers were tested with DNA extracted from untreated domestic sewage, agricultural soils run-off, swine farm effluents and water from two rivers with…

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