Seminar EU project REPARES on antimicrobial resistances in the wastewater environment

20 januari 2020 12:00 t/m 22 januari 2020 17:00 - Locatie: Building 58, Applied Sciences, TU Delft

Goal of the seminar

Theory and practical workshop on the impact of DNA extraction from environmental samples on DNA quality and molecular analytics outputs.

About Repares

Development and proliferation of antibiotic resistance are classified among major global threats by the World Health Organization. Sanitation of the water cycle is essential to sustain environmental and human health. Within urban water systems, public and governmental perception is rising on the role of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) and their microbiomes as putative hotspots for the proliferation of antibiotic resistance, and the need for new quality criteria and installation upgrades.

However, because of methodological biases, our knowledge remains limited on the emission, fate and possible amplification or removal of antibiotic-resistant bacteria (ARB) and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) across WWTPs. There is an urgent need to develop standardized methods and database for the accurate identification, characterization, and quantification of antibiotic resistance in such complex water matrices.

REPARES brings excellence in research on spread of antibiotic resistance in WWTPs through establishing cooperation of UCT with leading European innovators and internationally-renowned expert of the water-related antibiotic resistance field: UCP will share its expert leadership in wastewater-mediated antibiotic resistance; TUDelft will deliver methods to successfully apply for international projects; Wetsus will propel cooperation with the non-academic sector; AAU will integrate the REPARES database within the world-accepted MiDAS database.

Read more at the Repares website.