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New collaborations in the field of ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE IN THE ENVIRONMENT

Recently, we have reached an agreement, with eight other research groups working in the Basque Country, to collaborate in the field of antibiotic resistance in the environment. Our main contribution to this collaboration will be to investigate the effect of organic products and wastes of animal (manure, slurry) and urban (sewage sludge) origin on the dissemination of antibiotic resistance in non-clinical environments. These organic amendments, frequently used in agriculture, are a source of antibiotic resistance bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), as well as of mobile genetic elements (MGEs) involved in horizontal gen transfer. Here it follows the list of the eight new collaborators in this interesting topic: (1) Dr. Itziar Alkorta´s team from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology-University of the Basque Country, and BIOFISIKA Institute; (2) Dr. Nestor Etxebarria´s team from the Department of Analytical Chemistry-University of the Basque Country; (3) Dr. Manu Soto´s team from the Department of Zoology and Cell Biology-University of the Basque Country, and Plentzia Marine Institute; (4) Dr. Estilita Ruiz´s team from the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering-University of the Basque Country; (5) Dr. Lucía Gallego´s team from the Department of Immunology, Microbiology and Parasitology-University of the Basque Country; (6) Dr. Usue Pérez´s team from the Department of Plant Biology and Ecology-University of the Basque Country; (7) Dr. Luis Javier R. Barrón´s team from the Department of Pharmacy and Food Sciences-University of the Basque Country; and (8) Dr. Marijose Sanz´s team from the Basque Centre for Climate Change. Certainly, great partners!!

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