Development of a plasma-based method to minimize the distribution of antibiotic resistances via municipal wastewaters

- research cluster of academic partners in Greifswald and Göttingen funded by the BMBF within its InfectControl2020 initiative

A rapidly increasing threat is arising from new or resistant pathogens and their growing global circulation that affects all areas of human life. This threat is further afflicted with a drastic lack of (new) effective drugs as well as insufficient preventive and diagnostic possibilities.

The intense use of antibiotics (AB) in agriculture and human health care results in an increasing leakage of antibiotics into the environment - a disastrous trend that provokes the development of AB resistances and the distribution of multi-drug resistant pathogens. One of the major resources for the antibiotics are contaminated wastewaters.

Based on the findings of the ANTIRES project, the focus of ANTIRES 2.0 lies on strategies to minimize the distribution of antibiotics and antibiotic resistant microorganisms via municipal wastewaters. Especially, plasma-based methods will be investigated with respect to the efficiency in the inactivation of microorganisms in waste waters as well as in the degradation of antibiotics itself.

For more details, please visit the InfectControl2020 homepage.