Characterization of fungal biofilms within a municipal water distribution system

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2000-03
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Doggett, M. Steven
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Applied and environmental microbiology. 2000 Mar; 66(3): 1249-51.

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Biofilms of a municipal water distribution system were characterized to assess the occurrence of fungi within surface matrixes. Densities of filamentous fungi ranged from 4.0 to 25.2 CFU cm(-2), whereas yeast densities ranged from 0 to 8.9 CFU cm(-2). Observations by scanning electron microscopy further suggested that spores, not hyphae or vegetative cells, comprised the primary source of viable propagules.

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