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Testing agricultural irrigation water: Bacterial pathogens?

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"The testing of agricultural irrigation water for bacterial pathogens" with Michael Casteel, Ph.D., President, Microbial Intelligence Group.

Previously a Research Microbiologist San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. His responsibilities included biosafety and QA/QC programs.
His research at the Univ. of North Carolina involved the development of methods for the isolation of human enteric pathogens on fruits and vegetables, in water, and in soil followed by detection using PCR and RT-PCR, in-vitro methods the detection of traditional (fecal coliforms; E. coli), microbial indicators in environmental media, and the development of methods for the chemical disinfection of enteric pathogens and microbial indicators on produce and in water.
Dr. Casteel earned his PhD in Environmental health microbiology/ infectious disease epidemiology and a MSPH, Environmental health microbiology at the  Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He obtained a BSEH from Old Dominion University.

1.  Your introduction and background.
2.  Why should agricultural irrigation water be tested for bacterial pathogens?
3.  Which tests are traditionally performed?
4.  What are the governmentally-required tests and reports?
5.  Is there a difference between well water, canal water and rention pond water?
6.  What products and services does the MICROBIAL INTELLIGENCE GROUP offer? 

Michael J. Casteel, Ph.D.
Microbial Intelligence Group, L.L.C.
Tele: 650-863-3453
Fax: 650-340-0391