National Research Program


Interaction of Bacteria with Environmental Contaminants and Solid Surfaces in the Aquatic Environment

Although efforts have been made to explain the behavior of heavy metals and refractory organic contaminants in aquatic habitats in the framework of known geophysical and geochemical processes, much remains to be learned about the role of bacteria in such behavior. Of particular interest are bacteria-contaminant interactions in ground water. Because of the persistence of some contaminants in the subsurface environment and because of increasing demands for both high-quality ground water and on-land disposal of toxic chemicals and radioisotopes, these interactions should remain important environmental problems for the next few decades. Because significant biotransformation/biodegradation of many environmental contaminants in aquifers and particle-laden surface water can occur at particle surfaces, explanation for bacteria-contaminant interaction in such environments should take the presence of particles into account. Objectives of this project are to provide some of the microbiological information necessary for realistic prediction of contaminant behavior in aquatic environments; obtain information on specific mechanisms of interactions between environmental contaminants and aquatic bacteria, taking into account adsorption, active uptake, competition, biotransformation reactions, interaction with extracellular polymers, effects of nutrient and physicochemical gradients, and effects of particle surfaces; investigate the effect of nutrient and physicochemical gradients, and effects of particle surfaces; and investigate the effect of nutrient and physicochemical conditions on subsurface transport of bacteria (because the role of bacterial transport on the fate of environmental contaminants in ground water is unknown). For current work being done by this project, see project's home page

REPORTS PUBLISHED 2003-2012

Mohanram, A., Ray, C., Metge, D.W., Barber, L.B., Ryan, J.N., and Harvey, R.W., 2012 (web publication 6/28/11), Effect of dissolved organic carbon on the transport and attachment behaviors of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and carboxylate-modified microspheres advected through temperate humic and tropical volcanic agricultural soil: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 46, no. 4, p 2088–2094. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Mohanram, A., Gao, X., and Chorover , J., 2011, Differential effects of dissolved organic carbon upon re-entrainment and surface properties of groundwater bacteria and bacteria-sized microspheres during transport through a contaminated, sandy aquifer: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 45, no. 8, p. 3252-3259. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R., Metge, D., Sheets, R., and Jasperse, J., 2011, Fluorescent microspheres as surrogates in evaluating the efficacy of riverbank filtration for removing Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and other pathogens, in Ray, C. and Shamruck, M., eds., Riverbank Filtration for Water Security in Desert Countries: Amsterdam, Springer, p. 81-96.

Metge, D.W., Harvey, R.W., Aiken, G.R., Anders, R., Lincoln, G., Jasperse, J., and Hill, M.C., 2011, Effects of sediment-associated extractable metals, degree of sediment grain sorting, and dissolved organic carbon upon Cryptosporidium parvum removal and transport within riverbank filtration sediments, Sonoma County, California: Environmental Sciences and Technology, v. 45, no. 13, p. 5587-5595. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Underwood, J.C.,. Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Repert, D.A., Baumgartner, L.K., Smith, R.L., Roane, T.M., and Barber, L.B., 2011, Effects of the antimicrobial sulfamethoxazole on groundwater bacterial enrichment: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 45, no. 7, p. 3096-3101. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Williams, L.B., Metge, D.W., Eberl, D.D., Harvey, R.W., Turner, A.G., Prapaipong, P., and Poret-Peterson, A.T., 2011, What makes a natural clay antibacterial?: Environmental Science & Technology, v. 45, no. 8, p. 3768–3773. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Abudalo, R.A., Ryan, J.N., Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Landkamer, L., 2010, Influence of organic matter on the transport of Cryptosporidium Parvum oocysts in a ferric oxyhydroxide-coated quartz sand saturated porous medium: Water Research, v. 44, no. 4, p. 1104-1113. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Barber, L.B., Aiken, G.R., 2010, Effects of altered groundwater chemistry upon the pH-dependency and magnitude of bacterial attachment during transport within an organically contaminated sandy aquifer: Water Research, v. 44, no. 4, p. 1062-1071. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Lisle, J.T., Harvey, R.W., Aiken, G.R., and Metge, D.W., 2010, Microbial and geochemical investigations of dissolved organic carbon and microbial ecology of native waters from the Biscayne and Upper Floridan Aquifers: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1021, 33 p. (on-line abstract)

Metge, D.W., Harvey, R.W., Aiken, G.R., Anders, R., Lincoln, G., and Jasperse, J., 2010, Influence of organic carbon loading, sediment associated metal oxide content and sediment grain size distributions upon Cryptosporidium Parvum removal during riverbank filtration operations, Sonoma County, CA: Water Research, v. 44, no. 4, p. 1126-1137. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Mohanram, A., Ray, C., Harvey, RW., Metge, DW., 2010, Effect of anionic surfactant SDS on the transport and attachment behaviors of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and oocyst-sized microspheres being advected through granular porous media: Proceedings, India 2010 - 3rd International Perspective on Current & Future State of Water Resources & the Environment at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, India- January 5-7, 2010, 19 pp.

Mohanram, A., Ray, C., Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Ryan, J.N., Chorover, J., and Eberl, D.D., 2010, Comparison of transport and attachment behaviors of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and oocyst-sized microspheres being advected through three minerologically different granular porous media: Water Research, v. 44, no. 18, p. 5334-5344. (on-line abstract of journal article

Gao, X., Metge, D.W., Ray, C. Harvey, R.W., and Chorover, J., 2009, Surface complexation of carboxylate adheres Crytposporidium parvum oocysts to the hematite-water interface: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 43, no, 19, p. 7423-7429. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Shapiro, A.M., Renken, R.A., Osborn, C.L., Ryan, J.N., Cunningham, K.J., and Landkamer, L., 2008, Pathogen and Chemical Transport in the Karst Limestone of the Biscayne Aquifer: 3. Use of Microspheres to Estimate the Transport Potential of Cryptosporidium Parvum Oocysts: Water Resources Research, v. 44, W08431, doi:10.1029/2007WR006060. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Renken, R.A., Cunningham, K.J., Shapiro, A.M., Harvey, R.W., Zygnerski, M.R., Metge, D.W., and Wacker, M.A., 2008, Pathogen and Chemical Transport in the Karst Limestone of the Biscayne Aquifer: 1. Revised Conceptualization of Groundwater Flow: Water Resources Research, v. 44, W08429, doi:10.1029/2007WR006058. (on-line abstract or on line paper in pdf format, 1347 KB, published by American Geophysical Union, not subject to U.S. copyright)

Shapiro, A.M., Renken, R.A., Harvey, R.W., Zygnerski, M.R., and Metge, D.W., 2008, Pathogen and Chemical Transport in the Karst Limestone of the Biscayne Aquifer: 2. Chemical Retention from Diffusion and Slow Advection , Water Resources Research, Vol. 44, W08430, doi:10.1029/2007WR006059. (on-line abstract or on-line paper in pdf format, 1312 KB, published by American Geophysical Union, not subject to U.S. copyright

Wang, M., Ford, R.M., and Harvey, R.W., 2008, Interaction between bacterial chemotaxis and growth in organic-amended aquifer sediments: Results from laboratory- and field- studies: Environmental Science and Technology v. 42, no. 10, p. 3556-3562. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Ford, R.M. and Harvey, R.W., 2007, Transport properties for motile and chemotactic bacteria in saturated porous media: Advances in Water Resources, v. 30, p.1608-1617. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R.W., Harms, H., and Landkamer, L., 2007, Transport of microorganisms in the terrestrial subsurface: In situ and laboratory methods, in Hurst, C.J., Crawford, R.L., Garland, J.L., Lipson, D.A., Mills, A.L., and Stetzenback, L.D., eds., Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 3nd Edition: Washington, ASM Press, pp. 872-897

Harvey, R.W., Suflita, J.M., and McInerney, M.J., 2007, Overview of issues in subsurface and landfill microbiology. In situ and laboratory methods, in Hurst, C.J., Crawford, R.L., Garland, J.L., Lipson, D.A., Mills, A.L., and Stetzenback, L.D., eds., Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 3nd Edition: Washington, ASM Press, pp. 675-678.

Maxwell, R.M., Welty, C., and Harvey, R.W., 2007, Revisiting the Cape Cod bacteria injection experiment using a stochastic modeling approach: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 41, no. 15, p. 5548-5558. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Metge, D.W., Harvey, R.W., Anders, R., Rosenberry, D.O., Seymour, D., and Jasperse, J., 2007, Use of carboxylated microspheres to assess transport potential of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts at the Russian River Water Supply Facility, Sonoma County, California: Geomicrobiology Journal, v. 24, p. 231-245. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Abudalo R.A., Bogatsu Y.G., Ryan J.N., Harvey R.W., Metge D.W., and Elimelech M., 2005, The effect of ferric oxyhydroxide grain coatings on the transport of bacteriophage PRD1 and Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts in saturated porous media: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 39, no. 17, p. 6412-6419. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Blanford, W.J., Brusseau, M.L., Yeh, J.T.C., Gerba, C.P., and Harvey, R., 2005, Influence of water chemistry and travel distance on bacteriophage PRD-1 transport in a sandy aquifer: Water Research, v. 39, no. 11, p. 2345-2357. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R.W., 2005, Predicting bacterial transport: What column- and field-scale tracer tests can tell us and what they cannot: Proceedings of the Technical Workshop, Microorganisms- Water and Aquifers, Sede Boqer, Israel, Sept. 20-21, 2005, p. 39-43.

Renken, R.A., Cunningham, K.J., Zygnerski, M.R., Wacker, M.A., Shapiro, A.M., Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Osborn, C.L., and Ryan, J.N., 2005, Assessing the vulnerability of a municipal well field to contamination in a karst aquifer: Environmental and Engineering Geoscience, v.11, no.4, p.319-331. (on-line abstract of journal article or on-line article in pdf format)

Becker, M.W., Collins, S.A., Metge, D.W., Harvey, R.W., and Shapiro, A.M., 2004, Effect of cell physicochemical characteristics and motility on bacterial transport in groundwater: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, v. 69, nos. 3-4, p. 195-213. (on-line abstract of journal article)

Harvey, R.W., and Ryan, J.N., 2004, Use of PRD1 bacteriophage in groundwater viral transport, inactivation, and attachment studies: FEMS Microbiology Ecology, v. 49, no. 1, p. 3-16 (on-line abstract of journal article)

Landkamer, L.L., Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., and Fyan, J.N., 2004, Modeling microbial enhancement of Zn(II) and Pb(II) in columns packed with geologic media, in Wanty, R.G., and Seal, R.R., eds., Water Rock Interaction, Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June 27-July 2, 2004: New York, A.A. Balkema, p. 1139-1140.

Osborn, C.L., Ryan, J.N., Harvey, R.W., Metge, D.W., Landkamer, L.L., Renken, R.A., Cunningham, K..J., and Shapiro, A.M., 2004, Transport and attachment of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts and microsphere analogues in karstic limestone of the Biscayne aquifer, Miami-Dade County, Florida, in Wanty, R.G., and Seal, R.R., eds., Water Rock Interaction, Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., June 27-July 2, 2004: New York, A.A. Balkema, p. 1141-1143.

Tufenkji, N., Miller, G.F., Ryan, J.N., Harvey, R.W., and Elimelech, M., 2004, Transport of Cryptosporidium Oocysts in Porous Media: Role of Straining and Physicochemical Filtration: Environmental Science and Technology, v. 38, no. 22, p. 5932-5938. (on-line abstract)

van Cuyk, S., Siegrist, R.L., Lowe, K., and Harvey, R.W., 2004, Evaluation of microbial purification during soil treatment of wastewater with multicomponent tracer and surrogate tests: Journal of Water Quality, v. 33, p. 316-329. (on-line abstract)

Becker, M.W. Metge, D.W., Collins, S.A., Shapiro, A.M., and Harvey, R.W., 2003, Bacterial transport experiments in fractured crystalline bedrock: Ground Water, v. 41, p. 682 - 689. (on-line abstract)


FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THIS PROJECT, CONTACT:
Ronald W. Harvey
U.S. Geological Survey, 3215 Marine St., Boulder, CO 80303
Email: rwharvey@usgs.gov
Telephone: 303-541-3034

David W. Metge
U.S. Geological Survey, 3215 Marine St., Boulder, CO 80303
Email: dwmetge@usgs.gov
Telephone: 303-541-3033

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