Probing Antibiotic Residues and Resistance transfer in Aquatic Environments

The project aims to study bacteria, antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and antibiotic residues in groundwater, surface water, marine waterenvironments in the North Sea and Atlantic including posrt and aquaculture facilities. Samples will be collected from sites with high and low suspected loads of antibiotic residues. Culture-based and sequencing-based methods will be used to identify ARGs. Transfer of ARG-containing plasmids will be analysed using indicator bacteria Escherichia coli, Vibrio spp, and Shewanella algae as recipients. LC-MS/MS will be used to quantify the levels of different ntibiotics in the collected samples. We hypothezise that local water microbiota, antibiotic residues and recipient species will affect the type of plasmids transferred. The effects of the acquired plasmids on the physiology of our bacterial models will be analysed in experiments lab systems, and their influence on fitness and virulence in a live host will be studied by host interactions in a shrimp (Artemisia) model. The project will determine common ARG plasmids circulating in European waters and their inherent properties as a fundament to understand and prevent their dissemination.



Human Health, Emerging Pollutants, Pathogens, Antimicrobial Resistance, Aquatic Ecosystems


Project Coordinator:
Dr. Åsa Sjöling,
Karolinska Institute, Sweden


Communication & Dissemination Contact:
Jonatan Martin Rodriguez


Partner Institutions:
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria – Spain

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (IVLO) – Belgium

Norwegian University of Science and Technology – Norway

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – Sweden