Monitoring antibiotic resistance in the environment
About the session
Antibiotic resistance is one of the most urgent threats to global health. The effects of antibiotic resistance are already in catastrophic proportions, with over 1.2 million people dying of resistant infections in 2019. Antibiotic use increases in resistant bacteria, while antibiotic resistant genes (ARGs) can also spread among bacteria. This is why resistance hotspots develop where antibiotic use is high and bacteria, especially pathogens, can silently share ARGs in the environment. Monitoring ARGs is a prerequisite in identifying and characterizing sources of resistance and developing effective strategies to mitigate their development and spread. The biotechnology company Resistomap Oy aims to help researchers monitor ARGs and genes associated with pathogens from environmental samples such as wastewater, soils, manure and stool samples. Resistomap's mission is to mitigate the spread of antibiotic resistance by providing robust tools for monitoring.