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Title: Survey for the presence of specific free-living amoebae in cooling waters from Belgian power plants
Authors: Behets, Jonas ×
Declerck, Priscilla
Delaedt, Yasmine
Verelst, Lieve
Ollevier, Frans #
Issue Date: May-2007
Publisher: Springer
Series Title: Parasitology research vol:100 issue:6 pages:1249-1256
Abstract: Free-living amoebae (FLA) are distributed ubiquitously in aquatic environments with increasing importance in hygienic, medical and ecological relationships to man. In this study, water samples from Belgian industrial cooling circuits were quantitatively surveyed for the presence of FLA. Isolated, thermotolerant amoebae were identified morphologically as well as using the following molecular methods: enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and isoenzyme electrophoresis and PCR. Thermophilic amoebae were present at nearly all collection sites, and the different detection methods gave similar results. Naegleria fowleri was the most frequently encountered thermotolerant species, and concentrations of thermotolerant FLA were correlated with higher temperatures.
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ISSN: 0932-0113
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation Section
Laboratory for Aquatic Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (-)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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