Effects of antibiotic pollution on the diversity and abundance of the
We are interested in ascertain how anthropogenic contaminants
(antibiotics and other pharmaceutical active compounds) coming from either
punctual or chronic pollution sources affect aquatic microbial communities and
their associated resistome. We investigate bacterial communities thriving in
both natural environments (lakes, rivers and aquifers) and artificial settings
(wastewater treatment plants and sewer systems) to determine how emerging
pollutants affect their composition and stimulate the emergence and spread of
We combine cultivation–dependent and
cultivation–independent approaches to study the diversity and prevalence of
resistance genes in aquatic organisms and the changes in the composition of
microbial communities in response to these stressors.
We are currently involved in two European projects from the Water JPI Pilot Call on “Emerging Water Contaminants –
Anthropogenic Pathogens and Pollutants”, namely: projects TRACE and PERSIST.
These projects started on September 2014 and will end on December 2017.
Dr. José Luís Balcázar Rojas (Junior Researcher, ICRA)
Jèssica Subirats (PhD student, ICRA)
Mireia Fillol (Research Technician, ICRA)
Dr. Carles Borrego (Ass. Professor UdG, Senior
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