Special Issue "Using Ecology to Understand the Fate and Mitigation of Antibiotic Resistance"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. David W. Graham
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Guest Editor
School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
Interests: antimicrobial resistance; water and wastewater treatment; WASH and sanitation policy in LMICs; microbial and molecular ecology; water quality
Dr. Marcos Quintela-Baluja
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Guest Editor
School of Engineering, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
Interests: antimicrobial resistance; environmental health; bacteria evolution; microbial risk assessment; microbial and molecular ecology; water quality; food safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Antibiotics historically have been among the most effective classes of therapeutic drugs used in the treatment of infectious bacterial disease, but successful treatment has been compromised by increasing antibiotic tolerance or resistance in bacterial targets. The acquired ability of microbes to resist the effect of antibiotics is a natural phenomenon. However, accelerated resistance evolution has occurred in recent years due to increased selective pressure exerted by widespread use of antibiotics in human and healthcare, agriculture, and aquaculture, and industrial pollution.

Over the last few years, a debate has occurred about the relative importance of different transmission mechanisms and dissemination pathways of antibiotic resistance bacteria (ARB) and genes (ARGs) from sources to sinks. However, there is a lack of information on ecological factors that impact fate and spread, which may be more important, especially in engineered biological systems.

For this Special Issue entitled “Using Ecology to Understand the Fate and Mitigation of Antibiotic Resistance”, we welcome different types of contributions: empirical research, theoretical papers, methodological articles, and systematic reviews. We especially encourage submissions that examine results from an ecological perspective, considering genetic and bacteriological data across macro- and micro-ecosystems. Submissions are also encouraged that consider the genetic context and mechanisms of transfer of antibiotic resistance from anthropogenic sources to the environment (and vice-versa), as well as those focusing source attribution and risk assessment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

Prof. Dr. David W. Graham
Dr. Marcos Quintela-Baluja
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • antibiotic resistance
  • source-tracking
  • risk assessment
  • microbial ecology
  • AMR mitigation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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