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The latest research results of the Department of Water Quality and Health are published in renowned international journals that conduct a peer review of quality assurance procedures. In addition, review articles are published in books and national journals which serve not only scientific experts but also authorities and interested practitioners in the water sector for information.

  1. 2019

    • Journal Article

      • Kolm, C., Martzy, R., Fuhrer, M., Mach, R.L., Krska, R., Baumgartner, S., Farnleitner, A.H. & Reischer, G.H., 2019. Detection of a microbial source tracking marker by isothermal helicase-dependent amplification and a nucleic acid lateral-flow strip test. Scientific reports, 9, S.393.

      • Martzy, R., Bica-Schroder, K., Palvolgyi, A.Mark, Kolm, C., Jakwerth, S., Kirschner, A.K.T., Sommer, R., Krska, R., Mach, R.L., Farnleitner, A.H. & Reischer, G.H., 2019. Simple lysis of bacterial cells for DNA-based diagnostics using hydrophilic ionic liquids. Scientific reports, 9, S.13994.

      • Martzy, R., Kolm, C., Krska, R., Mach, R.L., Farnleitner, A.H. & Reischer, G.H., 2019. Challenges and perspectives in the application of isothermal DNA amplification methods for food and water analysis. Analytical and bioanalytical chemistry, 411, S.1695-1702.

      • Savio, D., Stadler, P., Reischer, G.H., Demeter, K., Linke, R.B., Blaschke, A.P., Mach, R.L., Kirschner, A.K.T., Stadler, H. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2019. Spring Water of an Alpine Karst Aquifer Is Dominated by a Taxonomically Stable but Discharge-Responsive Bacterial Community. Frontiers in microbiology, 10, S.28.

      • Stadler, P., Bloschl, G., Nemeth, L., Oismuller, M., Kumpan, M., Krampe, J., Farnleitner, A.H. & Zessner, M., 2019. Event-transport of beta-d-glucuronidase in an agricultural headwater stream: Assessment of seasonal patterns by on-line enzymatic activity measurements and environmental isotopes. The Science of the total environment, 662, S.236-245.

      • Stadler, P., Loken, L.C., Crawford, J.T., Schramm, P.J., Sorsa, K., Kuhn, C., Savio, D., Striegl, R.G., Butman, D., Stanley, E.H., Farnleitner, A.H. & Zessner, M., 2019. Spatial patterns of enzymatic activity in large water bodies: Ship-borne measurements of beta-D-glucuronidase activity as a rapid indicator of microbial water quality. The Science of the total environment, 651, S.1742-1752.

      • van Driezum, I.H., Derx, J., Oudega, T.J., Zessner, M., Naus, F.L., Saracevic, E., Kirschner, A.K.T., Sommer, R., Farnleitner, A.H. & Blaschke, A.Paul, 2019. Spatiotemporal resolved sampling for the interpretation of micropollutant removal during riverbank filtration. The Science of the total environment, 649, S.212-223.

      • Youngblut, N.D., Reischer, G.H., Walters, W., Schuster, N., Walzer, C., Stalder, G., Ley, R.E. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2019. Host diet and evolutionary history explain different aspects of gut microbiome diversity among vertebrate clades. Nature communications, 10, S.2200.

  2. 2018

    • Journal Article

      • Bliem, R., Reischer, G., Linke, R., Farnleitner, A.H. & Kirschner, A.K.T., 2018. Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Vibrio cholerae in Turbid Alkaline Lakes as Determined by Quantitative PCR. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84.

      • Frick, C., Vierheilig, J., Linke, R., Savio, D., Zornig, H., Antensteiner, R., Baumgartner, C., Bucher, C., Blaschke, A.P., Derx, J., Kirschner, A.K.T., Ryzinska-Paier, G., Mayer, R., Seidl, D., Nadiotis-Tsaka, T., Sommer, R. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2018. Poikilothermic Animals as a Previously Unrecognized Source of Fecal Indicator Bacteria in a Backwater Ecosystem of a Large River. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 84.

      • Hatvani, I.G., Kirschner, A.K.T., Farnleitner, A.H., Tanos, P. & Herzig, A., 2018. Hotspots and main drivers of fecal pollution in Neusiedler See, a large shallow lake in Central Europe. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25, S.28884-28898.

      • Kirschner, A.K.T., Pleininger, S., Jakwerth, S., Rehak, S., Farnleitner, A.H., Huhulescu, S. & Indra, A., 2018. Application of three different methods to determine the prevalence, the abundance and the environmental drivers of culturable Vibrio cholerae in fresh and brackish bathing waters. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125, S.1186-1198.

      • Mayer, R., Karl, M., Linke, R., Kirschner, A.K.T., Reischer, G., Sommer, R., Zessner, M., Savio, D. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2018. Analytik fäkaler mikrobiologischer Verunreinigungen im Zeitalter der molekularbiologischen Diagnostik. Wiener Mitteilungen , 247, S.47-54.

      • Mayer, R.E., Reischer, G.H., Ixenmaier, S.K., Derx, J., Blaschke, A.P., Ebdon, J.E., Linke, R., Egle, L., Ahmed, W., Blanch, A.R., Byamukama, D., Savill, M., Mushi, D., Cristobal, H.A., Edge, T.A., Schade, M.A., Aslan, A., Brooks, Y.M., Sommer, R., Masago, Y., Sato, M.I., Taylor, H.D., Rose, J.B., Wuertz, S., Shanks, O.C., Piringer, H., Mach, R.L., Savio, D., Zessner, M. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2018. Global Distribution of Human-Associated Fecal Genetic Markers in Reference Samples from Six Continents. Environmental Science & Technology, 52, S.5076-5084.

      • Savio, D., Stadler, P., Reischer, G.H., Kirschner, A.K.T., Demeter, K., Linke, R., Blaschke, A.P., Sommer, R., Szewzyk, U., Wilhartitz, I.C., Mach, R.L., Stadler, H. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2018. Opening the black box of spring water microbiology from alpine karst aquifers to support proactive drinking water resource management. WIREs Water, 5, S.e1282.

      • van Driezum, I.H., Chik, A.H.S., Jakwerth, S., Lindner, G., Farnleitner, A.H., Sommer, R., Blaschke, A.P. & Kirschner, A.K.T., 2018. Spatiotemporal analysis of bacterial biomass and activity to understand surface and groundwater interactions in a highly dynamic riverbank filtration system. Science of the Total Environment, 627, S.450-461.

    • Book Chapter

      • Farnleitner, A.H., Savio, D., Sommer, R., Reischer, G., Kirschner, A.K.T., Zerobin, W. & Stadler, H., 2018. Integrated strategy to guide health-related microbial quality management at alpine karstic drinking water resources. In W. White, Herman, J., Herman, E., & Rutigliano, M., hrsg. Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health. Advances in Karst Science. Karst Groundwater Contamination and Public Health. Advances in Karst Science. Springer, Cham, S. 185-192.

  3. 2017

    • Journal Article

      • Kirschner, A.K.T., Reischer, G.H., Jakwerth, S., Savio, D., Ixenmaier, S., Toth, E., Sommer, R., Mach, R.L., Linke, R., Eiler, A., Kolarevic, S. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2017. Multiparametric monitoring of microbial faecal pollution reveals the dominance of human contamination along the whole Danube River. Water Research, 124, S.543-555.

      • Kittinger, C., Kirschner, A.K.T., Lipp, M., Baumert, R., Mascher, F., Farnleitner, A.H. & Zarfel, G.E., 2017. Antibiotic Resistance of Acinetobacter spp. Isolates from the River Danube: Susceptibility Stays High. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15.

      • Kolm, C., Martzy, R., Brunner, K., Mach, R.L., Krska, R., Heinze, G., Sommer, R., Reischer, G.H. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2017. A Complementary Isothermal Amplification Method to the U.S. EPA Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction Approach for the Detection of Enterococci in Environmental Waters. Environmental Science & Technology, 51, S.7028-7035.

      • Martzy, R., Kolm, C., Brunner, K., Mach, R.L., Krska, R., Sinkovec, H., Sommer, R., Farnleitner, A.H. & Reischer, G.H., 2017. A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay for the rapid detection of Enterococcus spp. in water. Water Research, 122, S.62-69.

      • van Driezum, I.H., Derx, J., Saracevic, E., Kirschner, A.K.T., Sommer, R., Farnleitner, A.H. & Blaschke, A.Paul, 2017. Does Pumping Volume Affect the Concentration of Micropollutants in Groundwater Samples?. Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation, 37, S.82-88.

      • Zibuschka, F., Kirschner, A.K.T., Frick, C., Lindner, G., Reischer, G., Lendenfeld, T., Vogl, W., Schauer, U. & Farnleitner, A.H., 2017. Mikrobiologie und Wasser - Teil 1: Übersicht zu den methodischen Möglichkeiten der Analyse. ÖWAV-Arbeitsbehelft. Österreichischer Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaftsverband (ÖWAV), 52.

The Division Water Quality and Health at KL works closely with the other members of the Interuniversity Cooperation Centre Water and Health (ICC Water & Health). A list of all publications of the ICC Water & Health can be found on the website www.waterandhealth.at.


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