Zoonotic bacteria

Illustration of the phylogenetic distribution of zoonotic status, secretome (i.e. secreted proteome) size and genome size for 191 pathogenic bacteria.  (source: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140805/ncomms5594/fig_tab/ncomms5594_F2.html)

Research and Publications 
 

In collaboration with Valerie (Jody) Harwood at the University of South Florida, my laboratory has examined how abiotic and biotic conditions affect the persistence and abundance of zoonotic bacteria, including E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica.  We are now studying how abiotic and biotic conditions affect the persistence and abundance of vancomycin-resistant enterococci and the transfer of the vancomycin-resistance gene.

 

Sample Publications

 

Young, S., Nayak, B., Sun, S., Badgley, B., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2016. Vancomycin resistant enterococci and changes in bacterial community structure associated with a residential sewage spill. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 82: 5653-5660

Staley, Z.R., Harwood, V.J., Rohr, J.R. 2015. A synthesis of the effects of pesticides on microbial persistence in aquatic ecosystems. Critical Reviews in Toxicology 45:813-836

Staley, Z.R., Senkbeil, J.K., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2014. Agrochemicals indirectly increase survival of E. coliO157:H7 and indicator bacteria in freshwater by reducing ecosystem services. Ecological Applications 24:1945-1953

Staley, Z.R., Senkbeil, J.K., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2012. Lack of direct effects of agrochemicals on zoonotic pathogens and fecal indicator bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78: 8146-8150

Staley, Z., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2011. A test of direct and indirect effects of agrochemicals on the survival of fecal indicator

bacteria. Applied and Environmental Microbiology77: 8765-8774

Staley, Z., Rohr, J.R., Harwood, V.J. 2010. The effect of agrochemicals on indicator bacteria densities in outdoor mesocosms. Environmental Microbiology 12: 3150-3158

For a full list of publications, please see the Publications page on this website.