Special Issue "The Role of Human Activities in the Spread of Antibiotic Resistance Trough Aquatic Environments"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Lorenzo Proia
Guest Editor
BETA Technological Centre, University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, 08500 Vic, Barcelone, Spain
Interests: aquatic ecology; limnology; ecotoxicology; microbial ecology; antibiotic resistance; ecosystem functioning; nature-based solutions; biogoechemistry; ecosystem services

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Several human activities may promote the spread of antibiotic resistance into aquatic environments. Among others, its main emission route is through treated or untreated wastewater discharge into receiving water bodies. However, other activities, such as agriculture and livestock, might be indirectly involved in the increase of antibiotic resistance spread into aquatic environments. Indeed, the application of treated sludge or animal manure in field crops as biofertilizers may contribute to antibiotic resistance dissemination in aquatic environment via run-off, soil leaching, and infiltration to surface and ground waters. This Special Issue is focused on the role of human activities in the spread of antibiotic resistance trough aquatic environments. The principal aim of this Special Issue is to bring together relevant research on this topic, carried out in a wide range of aquatic environmental compartments considering both natural (i.e., rivers, lakes, coastal areas, estuarine system, groundwaters, wetlands, ponds) and artificial (i.e., pools, drinking waters, sewage waters, urban ponds and artificial lakes) ecosystems. Studies investigating the significance of different human activities on the spread of antibiotic resistance determinants and bacteria into aquatic environments through both punctual and diffuse sources are needed and will be welcome. Furthermore, studies carried out at different experimental scales (i.e., field, mesocosms and microcosms) are encouraged, as well as works approaching this topic through a combination of cultivation-based and molecular methods.

Dr. Lorenzo Proia
Guest Editor

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  • antibiotic resistance
  • spread
  • aquatic environments
  • human activities
  • wastewaters
  • punctual and diffuse sources

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