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Assessment of the bacterial diversity of aircraft water: identification of the frequent fliers

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dc.contributor.author Handschuh, Harald
dc.contributor.author Ryan, Michael P.
dc.contributor.author O'Dwyer, Jean
dc.contributor.author Adley, Catherine C.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-30T12:24:30Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-30T12:24:30Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5479
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The aim of this study was to determine and identify bacteria inhabiting the supply chain of an airline's drinking water using phenotypic and 16S rDNA sequence-based analysis. Water samples (n = 184) were sourced from long-haul and short-haul aircraft, the airline water source and a water service vehicle. In total, 308 isolates were characterised and their identity determined, which produced 82 identified bacterial species belonging to eight classes: γ-Proteobacteria; β-Proteobacteria; α-Proteobacteria; Bacilli; Actinobacteria; Flavobacteria; Sphingobacteria and Cytophaga. Statistical differences in bacterial diversity were found to exist across sampling locations (X2 = 39.220, p = 0.009) and furthermore, differences were observed (X2 = 15.475, p = 0.030) across aircraft type (long- or short-haul). This study demonstrates the diverse nature of microorganisms within the aircraft drinking water supply chain. To the best of our knowledge, this is the most extensive study undertaken to date of microbial diversity in aircraft drinking water. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE;12 (1), e0170567
dc.subject aircraft en_US
dc.subject microbial ecology en_US
dc.subject aircraft en_US
dc.title Assessment of the bacterial diversity of aircraft water: identification of the frequent fliers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-01-24T08:43:54Z
dc.description.version PUBLISHED
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0170567
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2697753
dc.internal.rssid 2696179
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Plos One
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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