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Sediments have been collected from the Clyde, Scotland, at various depths and have been analysed for physicochemical properties (pH, conductivity, organic matter, particle size), potential pollutants (metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) as well as prokaryotic and eukaryotic biome.
Our research has found that potentially toxic elements (e.g. Cr and Pb) increase with depth, indicative of historical uses. To date, our analysis correlates with an increase in efflux pump genes in prokaryotes(1-4). The growth difference of Acanthamoeba on the other hand suggests the Cu may aid the prevalence of Acanthamoeba and the speed at which it grows whilst Mg has an inhibitory effect.
Our results strongly indicate that environmental pollution is responsible for the development of AMR and that protists (e.g. Acanthamoeba) are also affected by environmental conditions. Acanthamoeba are also known to harbour bacteria which may also affect the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.
|Publication status||Published - 12 Apr 2018|
|Event||Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018 - ICC Birmingham , Birmingham, United Kingdom|
Duration: 10 Apr 2018 → 13 Apr 2018
|Conference||Microbiology Society Annual Conference 2018|
|Period||10/04/18 → 13/04/18|
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Antibiotic resistance
- heavy metals
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 presentation › Oral presentation