7 8 9 3 3 7
Home About us MoEF Contact us Sitemap Tamil Website  
About Envis
Whats New
Research on Microbes
Microbiology Experts
Online Submission
Access Statistics

Site Visitors

blog tracking

Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Volume 165, 2018, Pages 573-581

Variation of bacterioplankton community along an urban river impacted by touristic city: With a focus on pathogen

Sheng Liu, Chao Wang, Peifang Wang, Juan Chen, Xun Wang, Qiusheng Yuan

Key Laboratory of Integrated Regulation and Resource Development on Shallow Lakes, Ministry of Education, College of Environment, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China.


Bacterioplankton communities play a critical role in ecological processes in river systems, and shifts of their composition may impact microbial levels and raise public health concerns. The aim of this study was to comprehensively analyze the essential factors influencing bacterioplankton community, along with pathogen, and to estimate the health risk caused by the pathogens downstream of the Liushahe River, which is located in the famous touristic city Xishuangbanna. Results showed that wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and a subtropical recreational park impacted the bacterioplankton community and pathogen population, and potential pathogen identification demonstrated that 76 of 145 reference genera were present in the river. Moreover, the bacterioplankton community and pathogen were differently impacted by environmental gradients, and SRP, NO2 and pH were main factors influencing bacterioplankton community while pathogen population was highly correlated with temperature and turbidity. In addition, it is noted that the pathogen population was dominated by bacterioplankton community and this might because the capacity of resistance invasion pathogen was determined by of bacterioplankton community diversity. Therefore, bacterioplankton community diversity can be used to control and predict the amount of pathogens. Quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) also revealed that the infection risks of Escherichia coli (E. coli), Mycobacterium avium (M. avium), and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) during five recreational activities, especially water-based activities in the touristic city, were greater than that in natural areas and mostly exceeded the U.S. EPA risk limit for recreational activities. Our study offered the first insight into the potential relationship between the bacterioplankton community and bacterial pathogens within a touristic river.

Graphical abstract

Keywords: Bacterioplankton community, Next-generation sequencing, Pathogen, Health risk, Touristic river.

Copyright © 2005 ENVIS Centre ! All rights reserved
This site is optimized for 1024 x 768 screen resolution