David Buckalew and BES students at Microbiological Society.

David Buckalew and Longwood Biology students Sarah Lucento and Timothy Smith presented posters of their research entitled: “Salmonella species numbers much great than indicator bacteria in environmental waters” and “Use of indicator bacteria for assessment of water:  change of a paradigm?” at the Virginia Branch meetings of the American Society for Microbiology (VA-ASM) held at Virginia Tech on November 4 and 5.  The students have worked for 2 semesters with Dr. Buckalew in examining, among other select pathogens, correlations between counts of Salmonella bacteria and counts of common indicator bacteria such as coliforms and, specifically, Escherichia coli (E. coli) within 3 stream sites in south central Virginia.  This year’s meeting was the 70th anniversary of the VA-ASM, with over 200 faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in attendance.  

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