Fecal contamination of the environment poses a potential public health risk and contributes to increased water treatment costs. Although some indices may be able to target potential contamination sources, the origin of the contamination is often hard to pin down and makes it difficult to apply strategies to improve water quality. This project will develop a procedure that relies on genetic markers to identify the animal species responsible for fecal contamination. The procedure will also take into account both wildlife and livestock animal as well as human sources of contamination.
From 2019 to 2023
Water protection, Environmental regulations
The procedure will be used to identify the animal species that contribute to waterway contamination.
Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques
This project addresses the risks posed by new breeding practices that were developed to improve animal welfare.
Researcher: Stéphane Godbout
Cow-calf farms tend to prefer outdoor breeding, poor-quality drinking water can have a direct impact on animal health, and may lead to higher pathogen levels in the environment and at slaughter time, and negative consequences for food safety.
This project was set up to test the nutrient balance sheet method as a tool for estimating phosphorus output from pullets and laying hens.
Researcher: Marc-Olivier Gasser