Can legacy pollution influence antimicrobial resistance in estuarine sediments? the geochemical role!

Kiri Rodgers, Iain McLellan (Contributor), Tatyana Peshkur (Contributor), Roderick Williams (Contributor), Rebecca Tonner (Contributor), Andrew S. Hursthouse (Contributor), Charles W. Knapp (Contributor), Fiona L. Henriquez (Contributor)

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Abstract

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is fast becoming a top concern worldwide with the potential for catastrophic repercussions. The majority of research to date focuses on the medical
causes, particularly the use and disposal of antibiotics, however there is growing evidence that in fact “stressful” environments caused by anthropogenic activities with subsequent
geochemical contaminates to be a notable attributor to AMR as well. This research highlights key geochemical parameters e.g. Metal and PAH contamination in sediments from the river
Clyde, which is a key historical hub of industrial activity and pollution, and the correlations they have with the abundance of antimicrobial resistance.

The ability to compare different pollution conditions among stratified layers in estuarine sediments allow us to determine key contributing factors affecting antibiotic resistance
(AMR) in microbial communities. This is a unique approach of investigating resistance traits will generate a wealth of information about how our past industrial actions may impact public and environmental health now and/or the near future. Ultimately not only does such a connection highlight that the AMR widespread problem is greater than we thought, but offers
a potential of treatment or a way of controlling its prevalence in a sustainable way.
Original languageEnglish
Pages96-96
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2018
Event34th Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health International Conference on Sustainable Geochemistry - Avani Victoria Falls Resort, Livingstone, Zambia
Duration: 2 Jul 20187 Jul 2018
Conference number: 34
https://segh2018.org/ (Conference website)

Conference

Conference34th Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health International Conference on Sustainable Geochemistry
Abbreviated titleSEGH 2018
CountryZambia
CityLivingstone
Period2/07/187/07/18
Internet address

Keywords

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Environment
  • Sediment pollution
  • Acanthamoeba
  • sediment
  • Pollution
  • Potentially toxic elements (PTEs)

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  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    The Clyde’s Industrial History and its Impact on Antimicrobial Resistance

    Kiri Rodgers (Speaker), , Iain McLellan (Speaker), , Tatyana Peshkur (Speaker), , Roderick Williams (Speaker), , Rebecca Tonner (Speaker), , Charles Knapp (Speaker), , Andrew Hursthouse (Speaker), & Fiona Henriquez (Speaker)

    4 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

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    Rodgers, K., McLellan, I., Peshkur, T., Williams, R., Tonner, R., Hursthouse, A. S., Knapp, C. W., & Henriquez, F. L. (2018). Can legacy pollution influence antimicrobial resistance in estuarine sediments? the geochemical role!. 96-96. 34th Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health International Conference on Sustainable Geochemistry, Livingstone, Zambia.