Rio Grande Basin Initiative

2003-04 Deliverables

Task 6 Research
Principal Investigator(s): George Di Giovanni

  1. From June 2003 to May 2004, analyze 24 samples from each of 3 irrigation water sampling stations (72 samples total) in the Las Cruces, El Paso/Juarez area for the presence of the pathogen Cryptosporidium and Giardia.
  2. From June 2003 to May 2004, positive Cryptosporidium samples will be analyzed by DNA genotyping and the potential host of origin (e.g. humans, cattle, birds) will be identified.
  3. Results of the study will be published through the Texas Water Resources Institute in peer reviewed journals (e.g. Applied and Environmental Microbiology), presented at local and national meetings (e.g. American Society for Microbiology), and discussed with local and regional stakeholder groups for community outreach.
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