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Welcome to the AquaticPollutants blog, where we post updates from TransNet and the 18 funded research projects. Check out the articles to stay up to date!

 

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June 27, 2024

NanoTheC-Aba PhD Day: Facing scientific and technological challenges together

Sustainable solutions for water treatment: This was the topic of the PhD day and workshop that the AquaticPollutants research project NanoTheC-Aba organized in collaboration with the AMROCE project. From May 22nd-23rd, 35 PhD students, researchers, professors and speakers came together to learn about the recent advances of the participating projects in the field of water remediation. In the end, the PhD Day showed that challenges are best faced together!

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April 30, 2024

AquaticPollutants Podcast out now!

We're thrilled to announce the launch of something big – the AquaticPollutants Podcast. Hosted by Sarah Fieger and Ola Lawani from DECHEMA e.V. in Frankfurt, the coordinator of the AquaticPollutants transfer project, the podcast brings the topics of the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants right to your door (or preferred streaming platform).

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April 18, 2024

SPARE-SEA: Novel resistance mechanisms against last resort antibiotic colistin discovered in mediterranean oysters

The SPARE-SEA consortium observed a high prevalence of colistin resistant bacteria, particularly in Vibrio, in oysters across Europe. The team was able to decode a novel resistance mechanism based on a dgkA-eptA operon controlled by the RstA/RstB two component system, that was restricted to the Mediterranean (France, Spain).

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April 18, 2024

SERPIC: Prototype plant has performed long-term field test

In Ciudad Real at University Castilla La Mancha, the SERPIC project assembled all necessary components of the SERPIC treatment technology and commissioned them to a working prototype plant. The plant was used in a long-term field test to treat effluent of the municipal wastewater sewage plant. The experiments showed good results for the degradation of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) from the water.

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April 18, 2024

SARA: Surveillance of Antibiotic Resistance in Aquatic Ecosystems in Europe and Africa

An important aim of the SARA project is to compare the occurrence of antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes in Europe and Africa, and to assess the impact of climatic conditions. Exemplary results for E. coli as a general faecal indicator and extended spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producing E. coli as an indicator of antibiotic resistant bacteria show a high percentage of resistant E. coli for Uganda. The reduction by wastewater treatment was examined.

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April 18, 2024

REWA: Successful pilot-scale testing, e-course and sampling campaign

The AquaticPollutants research proejct REWA has been busy! Check out these three updates on successful pilot-scale testing of adsorbents for removal of CECs, a sampling Campaign in the closed Mustavaara mine and an e-course .

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April 18, 2024

PRESAGE: First conclusions on CEC removal during the decentralised treatment of real wastewaters

PRESAGE is focused on innovative decentralized wastewater treatments based on aerobic and anaerobic compact systems. Currently, the innovative technologies proposed, based mainly on compact membrane bioreactors designs, are being validated at different demosites treating black and grey water, and effluents from hospitals and an antibiotic production industry, in close collaboration with the industrial sector.

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April 18, 2024

NATURE: Nature-based solutions to reduce antibiotics, pathogens and antimicrobial resistance in aquatic ecosystems

The findings of the NATURE project underscore the effectiveness of already implemented Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) in mitigating the discharge of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) at river catchment scale from wastewater to estuarine areas. Over a two-year period, the project conducted a comprehensive sampling campaign across seven NBS sites in three countries to ensure a realistic assessment.

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April 18, 2024

CONTACT: Studying the consequences of antimicrobial and antiparasitic application in aquaculture

Aquaculture is an important source for food, nutrition, income and livelihoods for millions of people around the globe. But intensive fish farming is often associated with pathogen outbreaks as high amounts of veterinary drugs are used globally. As in many other environments, mostly the application of antimicrobials triggers the development of (multi)resistant microbiota. This process might be fostered by co-selection as a consequence of the additional use of antiparasitics.

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April 18, 2024

AIHABs: The Project's 2nd Consortium Workshop

On December 11-12, 2023, the second AIHABs research consortium workshop took place in Braga, Portugal. It was a collaborative effort between the teams of TU Dublin and the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) and was held at the INL in Braga. The workshop served as a platform for each participating team to present their progress since the inception of the AIHABs project.

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March 7, 2024

ARENA at Aquafarm Fair 2024

At this year's Aquafarm Fair in Pordenone, ARENA organized a workshop. The fair represents the largest exhibition event and convention for sustainable aquaculture and fishing industry in Italy. Also three other AquaticPollutants research projects were at the fair: SPARE-SEA, PHARMASEA and NanoTheCAba.

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February 13, 2024

ARENA: Sampling campaign at a fish farm

In January, the AquaticPollutants research project ARENA performed sampling activities in a land-based recirculating aquaculture commercial fish farm located close to the Orbetello lagoon (South Tuscany, Italian West Coast). Why did they take these samples? And what are they doing with them?

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6 February 2024

H2O-People win Science Communicaion Innovation Challenge

Our Science Communication Innovation Challenge is over and the winners have been announced: The organisation H2O-People won with the idea of combining a social media campaign with a school project for the EU project iMERMAID. The aim is to inform the local population in the Mediterranean region about the toxic chemical pollution of the sea and thus ensure that the use of these chemicals is reduced in the long term.

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11 August 2023

FOREWARN Summer School

 

During the FOREWARN Summer School from 15-16 June 2023, 8 students from Spain, France, Finland, Greece and Serbia came together in Dublin, Ireland. Their aim: Learning something about new tools to assess contaminants of emerging concern in the aquatic environment. 

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20 July 2023

SERPIC project develops a methodology how to select indicator CECs

 

Organic and microbial contaminants of emerging concern (CECs) are important to addressin reclaimed water reuse projects. SERPIC presents a new methodology for the selection of the most representative CECs , in particular for the evaluation of the performance of a polishing treatment and the assessment of the risk for the environment and the irrigated crops.

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7 July 2023

Cross-Cutting Issue #3 Meeting

 

Networking the #AquaticPollutants research projects that are focused on the #research and application of technologies for the removal of CECs, #AMR and pathogens from #wastewater – that is the aim of our Cross-Cutting Issue #3. On Wednesday, the projects met and discussed what they want to accomplish with this cross-cutting issue.

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4 July 2023

Press Release: Midterm Results available

The Midterm Meeting of the ERA-NET Cofund AquaticPollutants took place in Alcalá de Henares (Spain) from 30 May to 1 June 2023. The focus was not only on the results of the different projects so far, but also on various networking activities and joint discussions.

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5 May 2023

SPARE-SEA: Test your knowledge with a game

The SPARE-SEA project has developed a game that allows everyone to test their knowledge of OysterLand, the place where the land meets the sea. It is a location where people, agriculture, and aquatic animals mix. It is also a place where bacteria are exchanged between land and sea and everything in between. Play OysterLand and join SPARE-SEA in looking at how antibiotic use influences the inhabitants of OysterLand.

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18 April 2023

FOREWARN: Taking samples in Spain 

In March, a team of the FOREWARN project took samplings in the Ebro Delta and in Albufera de València, both located in Spain, to investigates the levels of CECs, ARG, ARB, and emerging viruses together with physicochemical information and metadata about stressors. Read more about the sampling avtivities in the article.

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4 April 2023

ARENA: Making aquaculture safer and more sustainable

As part of the ARENA project activities, two sampling campaigns were carried out during the summer and winter of 2022/2023 in the “charming pearl” of the Ligurian Riviera di Levante (Portovenere, Italy). What did the samples show? What further analyses will be done? Read more in the article.

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9 March 2023

SPARE-SEA: Digging up dirt on the resistance of bacteria in oysters

How can microbial background influence the acquisition of new strains in the oyster microbiom? This is one of the question that Spare-Sea wants to answer. Read more about the work of Spare-Sea, what they reached in 2022 and what their plans for the future are.

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9 March 2023

SARA is making progress!

Method harmonization, training of African partners, ongoing monitoring, and stakeholder forum meeting: The SARA project which determines the prevalence of, e.g., pathogenic viruses, microbial indicators and antibiotic resistance in wastewater, surface water, and coastal seawate can report a lot of progress!

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9 March 2023

Finally: REWA project partners meet!

In the beginning, the project consortium has held the planned Executive Board and General Assembly meetings via online platforms since travel was restricted as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, the partners were exhilirated to be able to finally meet at a physical REWA Workshop held in Tel-Hai College in Israel from 29 January to 1 February 2023. FInd out more about the project and the workshop.

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9 March 2023

NATURE: Nature-based solutions to reduce antobiotics, pathogens and AMR

The project Nature demonstrates the use of nature-based solutions (NBS) as management option for reducing the presence of antibiotics, antimicrobial resistance and pathogens in aquatic ecosystems. What they found out: The use of NBS as secondary or tertiary wastewater treatments results in a greater removal of antibiotics than conventional wastewater treatment solutions.

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Pharmasea
9 March 2023

18 months of PHARMASEA

After 18 months from the beginning of the PHARMASEA project, preliminary results of the first large scale field investigation allow to characterize pharmaceuticals in seawater, sediments and biota from different trophic levels. Read more about the project's work in the article.

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9 March 2023

NanoTheC-Aba: Pre-concentration of CECs and AMR bacteria by ultra-nano filtration and abatement by thermocatalytic nano-powders

NanoTheCAba set itself the goal to deliver an energy efficient new integrated prototype system for water purification. Find out more about the system and what the project managed to do in the first 15 month in the article.

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9 March 2023

GreenWaterTech: Reactive nanoadsorbents to remove micropollutants

Find out about GreenWaterTech's recent progress of the water cleaning technologies they develop for the ultra-filtration prototype.

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AIHABs
9 March 2023

AIHABs: Water sampling campaigns during 2022 Algal blooming season

In summer and autumn 2022, AIHABs project conducted three water quality sampling campaigns in the Belesar Reservoir and the Miño Estuary in Spain. The three sampling campaigns concided with the periods before, during, and after the algal blooming season. What did the project find in the samples? And what will the obtained data be used for? Find out more in this article.

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28 February 2023

Interview with Esther Diez-Cebollero from Water JPI

Water JPI is one of the Joint Programming Initiatives that set up the ERA-Net Cofund AquaticPollutants. We asked Esther Diez-Cebollero, the coordinator of Water JPI, what the tasks and goals of Water JPI in the Cofund are, why the transfer project is so important and what the future holds for the Cofund.

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14 December 2022

APTransNet: We published our first deliverable

In our first deliverable, "Mapping of end-user groups and governance and synthesis of their demands for knowledge", we present the results of the stakeholder survey and show an overview of the knowledge gaps and knowledge demands of different stakeholder groups in the water sector.

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25 April 2022

PRESAGE: Potential of decentralized wastewater treatment to prevent the spread of AMR, organic micropollutants, pathogens and viruses

The PRESAGE project has identified the organic micropollutants to be studied, which include antibiotics, and have already set up their treatment technologies. Read the article to find out more about their treatment approach and next research steps.

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15 April 2022

PHARMASEA: From Science to Society

PHARMASEA is concentrating on the distribution of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) in coastal areas with the aim of developing needed risk assessment procedures. As a first step, they’ve already identified the 13 core APIs which will be the focus of the project’s experiments. See what else the consortium has accomplished so far and where you can look for updates.

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15 April 2022

REWA partners are on their way

REWA aims to develop sustainable materials to remove CECs, metals and pathogens from water. The project’s first steps were to develop a method to evaluate the effectiveness of the materials and then develop the materials themselves.

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14 April 2022

APTransNet: Interview with TransNet's Corinne Merly & Maité Fournier

The 1st work package of the TransNet project deals with identifying key water stakeholders and their knowledge demands. This research serves as the foundation for TransNet to improve the transfer and uptake of research results. We interviewed two of our partners about their research and its role in our project.

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13 April 2022

AMROCE's first steps towards the reduction of AMR in water bodies

AMROCE is working to tackle the problem of AMR from another direction: instead of treating water resources, AMROCE aims to limit the use of antibiotics in the first place by developing novel antibiotic-free antimicrobial products.

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12 April 2022

SERPIC: Selected target CECs steer the technological process chain development

The SERPIC project aims to develop a new electrochemical technology to treat urban wastewater so that compounds of emerging concern (CECs) are reduced to a level so that the water can be used for crop irrigation.

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10 April 2022

Kick-Off of the AquaticPollutants Core Synergy Forum

One of the main methods to exchange with the 18 funded projects is through the AquaticPollutants Core Synergy Forum – a group comprised of all 18 project coordinators, the ERA-Net Cofund Management Team and the TransNet project. This group met for the first time in March 2022 and kicked off the collaborative nature of the AquaticPollutants Cofund.

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08 April 2022

SPARE-SEA: Oyster Meta Resistome Libraries Provide Interesting Reading for SPARE-SEA Partners

Why are oysters important in understanding the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARB)? How may human activity influence the presence of bacteria in oyster seafood? This article from SPARE-SEA introduces the chosen oyster culture areas to be studied and outlines the first steps and results.

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08 April 2022

ARENA on the move: getting ready for the first field campaign

The ARENA project has been busy identifying an appropriate aquaculture site to use as a sampling area, setting up the project’s communication channels, and establishing the sampling procedures for their team.

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