Co-selection of antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative bacteria caused by pollution legacy in the Clyde estuary

Tonner, Rebecca and Rodgers, Kiri and Peshkur, Tatyana and McLellan, Ian and Williams, Roderick and Hursthouse, Andrew and Henriquez, Fiona L. and Knapp, Charles (2018) Co-selection of antibiotic resistance in Gram-negative bacteria caused by pollution legacy in the Clyde estuary. In: Mineral Society of Great Britain & Ireland, 2018-06-14 - 2018-06-15, University of Strathclyde. (Unpublished)

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    Abstract

    Antimicrobial resistant bacteria can become harboured in sediments of postindustrial estuaries. Subsequently, their resistance traits could be enriched by pollutants deposited in the sediments. Recent evidence strongly suggests this may pose hazards that not only affects the health care sector, but could also impact tourism and the aquaculture industries. The River Clyde, UK was chosen for this study due to its extensive industrial history, and three sites were chosen to sample from representing different levels and types of industrial activities—two highly polluted and one relatively “pristine” site.