DisPersal of AntIbiotic Resistance and antibiotics in Water ecosystems and Influence on liveStock and aquatic wildlife (PAIRWISE)

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PAIRWISE aims to advance knowledge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as a pollution in aquatic environments, wildlife, and livestock.

Ongoing project

The project focuses on dispersal and dynamics of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB), antibiotic resistance genes (ARG) and antibiotics (ATB) in aquatic environments affected by wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).

Overall goals are to understand: i) dispersal of ARB, ARG and ATB in surface waters downstream of WWTPs, ii) carriage of ARB and ARG in livestock linked to surface waters influenced by WWTPs, iii) role of aquatic birds in dispersal of ARB and ARG. Issues from the Aquatic Pollutants call tackled by PAIRWISE include, but are not limited to: entry points and fate of ARB, ARG and ATB; identification of ARGs and ARB useful as indicators; providing insight to fate and transport of ARB, ARG and ATB to within and from aquatic ecosystems; and the role of aquatic birds in such events.

PAIRWISE will assess the influence of AMR in agricultural settings and improve understanding of the dissemination and sustainment of AMR in the interface between humans, wildlife, and livestock with a ‘One Health’ perspective. It will provide vital knowledge for policy makers and end-users, facilitating informed decisions on mitigation strategies.

Project partners

  • Stefan Börjesson, National Veterinary Insitute (SVA), Sweden (Coordinator)
  • Charles Masembe, Makerere University (MAK), Uganda
  • Pawel Krzeminski, Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway
  • Andy J. Green, Estación Biológica de Doñana, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (EBD-CSIC), Spain
  • Jonas Bonnedahl, Linköping University (LiU), Sweden
  • Olfa Mahjoub, National Research Institute for Rural Engineering, Water, and Forestry (INRGREF), Tunisia
  • Wejdene Mansour, Faculty of medicine Ibn Al-Jazzar Sousse (FMS), Tunisia

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