Environmental Pollution by Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistance Determinants

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 329

Special Issue Editors

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IQS School of Engineering, University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, Spain
Interests: advanced wastewater treatment and disinfection; antibiotic resistant bacteria removal in water; biodegradability of solid waste

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Department of Agricultural Microbiology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh 202002, India
Interests: general microbiology; pathogenic microbes and drug resistance; soil microbiology; industrial microbiology and fermentation technology; biomolecules; bacterial genetics; plasmid biology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes are a new type of emerging anthropogenic pollutants. The presence of antimicrobial resistance in the environment is of great concern because the development of antibiotic-resistant pathogens threatens modern healthcare globally. The dissemination of antibiotic resistance across ecosystems can occur through numerous pathways, including wastewater, agriculture, soils, run-off from livestock facilities and direct exchange between humans and animals. Global mitigation strategies involve the identification of critical hot-spot environments that are responsible for the evolution and spread of resistance.

This Special Issue will focus on tracing the origins and identifying the drivers of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance determinants in environmental ecosystems. We are especially interested in the mechanisms and factors that influence the dissemination of ARGs through environmental pathways as well as the role of the environment in human transmission of antimicrobial resistance. The ultimate goal is to assess whether the environmental resistance exposure can result in measurable human health outcomes. A comprehensive and consistent evaluation of these emerging pollutants will enable environment surveillance programs and protection policy settings for tackling human and environmental health risks posed by antibiotics and antibiotic resistance and will push to implement mitigation strategies.

Dr. Maria Auset Vallejo
Prof. Dr. Iqbal Ahmad
Guest Editors

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  • antibiotic resistance
  • antimicrobial pollutants
  • environmental pathways
  • soil
  • agriculture
  • livestock
  • wastewater

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