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Where humans go, pepper virus follows

Plant pathogen could help track waters polluted with human waste

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5:14pm, November 20, 2009

A plant virus might edge out the better-known E. coli bacterium as a signpost for waters polluted by human waste. The pepper mild mottle virus is widespread in raw sewage, treated wastewater and seawater exposed to wastewater, reports a new study in the November Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

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