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Boukef, I., Bejaoui, B., Hassan, M. B., Mraouna, R., Got, P., Harzallah, A., et al. (2012). Spatial distribution and decay rates of coliforms in the sediments and water column of the bizerte lagoon. Vie Milieu, 62(1), 29–36.
Résumé: In order to assess the impact of bacterial input loads in Bizerte lagoon (Northern Tunisia), a seasonal survey was done for total coliform bacteria covering the whole lagoon area, to reproduce and prevent dispersion of input loads of terrestrial discharges in the lagoon. Effect of solar radiation on Escherichia coli strains was investigated using seawater microcosms comparatively exposed to sunlight and dark conditions. The results revealed (i) high charges of coliforms in the sediment rather than in the water column, (ii) total coliforms increased periodically with season in both compartments, (iii) anthropogenic discharges influence coastal areas of the lagoon, and (iv) solar radiation has an effect on decay rate of E. coli maintained in microcosm experiments.