Illnesses caused by water- and soilborne human pathogens lead to thousands of deaths annually. In addition, they cost the U.S. economy millions of dollars. This short course was developed in response to growing public concern over the microbiological quality of our water supplies, agricultural produce and recreation areas. Lectures, discussions and hands-on laboratory exercises will build on your expertise and help you optimize environmental management and monitoring programs to avoid these preventable illnesses.
This unique short course compares and contrasts modern and classical techniques for identification of pathogens in the environment.Techniques for microbial source tracking will be discussed in detail. The main focus will be on the latest published research on bacterial contamination and persistence in drinking, industrial and irrigation water supplies, recreation areas and agricultural produce.We will also discuss in detail the efficacy of water quality tests during routine monitoring and after natural disasters and bioterrorism. Morning lectures will briefly introduce common and emerging water- and soilborne pathogens. Laboratory demonstrations will illustrate advantages and limitations of several culture-dependent methods to identify coliforms. Demonstration exercises will also test the effectiveness of common antibacterial chemicals in controlling planktonic and biofilm bacteria.
This three-day 22-hour course was developed for working professionals who have basic or modest background in biology. Course enrollment is limited to 20 people and a Certificate of Completion will be issued upon conclusion. For more information on the course, or to suggest additional topics for discussion, please contact the course facilitator, Dr. Max Teplitski.
Who Should Attend?
6 Ways to Benefit
As a participant of this short course:
This short course combines brief lectures with inquiry-based hands-on laboratory exercises. The course focuses on methods for detection and source tracking of water- and soilborne human pathogens, and explores questions such as:
Max Teplitski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil and Water
Science at the University of Florida/IFAS. His research focuses on molecular
ecology of soil and water bacteria. Dr. Teplitski studies genetic mechanisms,
which allow Salmonella and related bacteria to survive in soil and water
environments outside their animal hosts. Dr. Teplitski is a recipient of W. E.
Krauss Director’s Award for Excellence in Research from the Ohio Agricultural
Research and Development Center. More information about him can be found on his
Enrollment in this course is limited to the first 20 participants, and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Advance registration is required to participate and the final deadline to register is Friday, June 16, 2006 or until the course is full.
All figures are presented in US dollars ($).
Please Note: Registration will close on June 16, 2006.
What Does the Fee Include? The full registration fee includes one copy of the printed course manual, course instruction, training materials and daily refreshments. Participants are on their own for all meals.
REFUND POLICY: Requests for registration refunds will be honored if written notification of cancellation is received by the Office of Conferences no later than May 26, 2006. A $100.00 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds.
SPECIAL NEEDS: Participants with special
needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Dr. Max Teplitski at least 10 working days prior to the conference.
He can be reached
by phone at 1-352-392-1592, ext. 254, by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling
This course will be held on the University of Florida campus in Room 2103 in McCarty Hall B. A link of the map with detailed directions to the training site will be sent to you in your Registration Confirmation email upon completion of your online registration.
Several hotel and motel establishments are available in the Gainesville area
to provide guest room accommodations throughout the course. Participants are
responsible for making their own hotel guest room reservations and a list of
properties and applicable guest room rates will be sent to you upon request.
We recommend parking in the new Visitor Welcome Center and Bookstore parking garage located on Museum Road. There is a daily fee of $5.00 to park in this garage. Park first and then follow payment instructions posted on signs at each space. These signs direct customers to one of four pay stations where electronic space meters accept payment in bills, coins or Visa and MasterCard. An attendant will be available to answer questions or assist you at the pay stations. If you are staying at the Reitz Union Hotel, you will receive parking privileges in the garage for one vehicle per room. Parking passes and directions are distributed at check-in.
Map to Welcome Center & Bookstore Parking Garage http://parking.ufl.edu/RUgarage/pages/map.htm
Driving Directions to Welcome Center & Bookstore Parking Garagehttp://www.union.ufl.edu/directions.asp
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