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Prevalence of Botulism in the Food Chain of the Lower Great Lakes

This project has focused on the role of the food chain in the recent  documented outbreaks of botulism in waterfowl and fish in the Lower  Great Lakes. The results of this collaborative work show that the  occurrence of the type E toxin gene can vary widely in terms of  presence/absence and also in numbers, indicating a patchy distribution  that can differ in space and time.  When botulism outbreaks occur, it  is likely that most of the bacterial C. botulinum type E production is  taking place in certain "hot spots" in the sediment that meet the  bacterial requirements for optimal growth.

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Researchers
Rodman G. GetchellResearcher
Associated with 4 projects
Agencies
New York Sea Grant $ 106,628.00USDEstimates

Funding 14 projects for a total of $1,043,408.00
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Biochemical
Ecosystem
Organism
Resource Management
Fisheries
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Lake Erie
Lake Ontario
State Province
New York
Annex Numbers
Research & Development

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