Phylogenetic Diversity and Molecular Detection of Bacteria inGull Feces

Laughing Gull (Leucophaeus atricilla) Science Article 5


In spite of increasing public health concerns about the potential risks associated with swimming inwaters contaminated with waterfowl feces, little is known about the composition of the gut microbialcommunity of aquatic birds. To address this, a gull 16S rRNA gene clone library was developed andanalyzed to determine the identities of fecal bacteria. Analysis of 282 16S rRNA gene clones demonstratedthat the gull gut bacterial community is mostly composed of populations closely related to Bacilli

Jingrang Lu et al., APPLIED AND ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIOLOGY, July 2008, p. 3969

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