Protists from a sewage‐contaminated aquifer on cape cod, Massachusetts

Geomicrobiology Journal
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Several species of flagellates (genera Bodo, Cercomonas, Cryptaulax, Cyathomonas, Goniomonas, Spumella) have been identified in cultures from a plume of organic contamination (treated sewage effluent) within an aquifer on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Amoebae and numerous unidentifiable 2‐ to 3‐μm flagellates have also been observed. As a rule, flagellates were associated with solid surfaces, or were capable of temporary surface attachment, corroborating earlier observations from in situ and column transport experiments suggesting that protists in the Massachusetts aquifer have a high propensity for association with sediment grain surfaces. Based on the fact that cultures from the uncontaminated part of the aquifer yielded only a few species of protists, it is hypothesized that the greater abundance and variety of food sources in the contaminant plume is capable of supporting a greater number of protistan species.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Protists from a sewage‐contaminated aquifer on cape cod, Massachusetts
Series title Geomicrobiology Journal
DOI 10.1080/01490459409377968
Volume 12
Issue 1
Year Published 1994
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 14 p.
First page 23
Last page 36
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