Comparison of the Survival of Campylobacter Jejuni and Campylobacter Coli in Culturable Form in Surface Water

Can J Microbiol. 1991 Jul;37(7):530-3. doi: 10.1139/m91-089.


Six Campylobacter jejuni and six Campylobacter coli strains were isolated from cows and pigs, and their survival in lake water was compared by viable counts. Campylobacter jejuni survived longer in culturable form than C. coli in untreated and membrane-filtered water both at 4 and 20 degrees C. This difference in survival time may be a reason why C. jejuni is generally isolated from surface waters more frequently than C. coli. Both species survived better in filtered than in untreated water. This suggests that predation and competition for nutrients affect the survival of both Campylobacter species in the aquatic environment.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Campylobacter Infections / microbiology
  • Campylobacter coli / growth & development*
  • Campylobacter jejuni / growth & development*
  • Cattle
  • Swine
  • Temperature
  • Time Factors
  • Water Microbiology*