Clean water

UNICEF estimates that over 2.2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. Micro-organisms are responsible for a host of waterborne diseases, but simultaneously offer solutions in purifying water and improving sanitation. Biofertilizers offer promising solutions for reduced nutrient runoff and wastewater recycling. As well as applying microbes to combat the problem, applied microbiologists can use their knowledge of health and disease to reduce cases of waterborne disease.


Small animals acquire genes from bacteria that can produce antibiotics

A group of small, freshwater animals protect themselves from infections using antibiotic recipes “stolen” from bacteria, according to new research.

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    Microbes found to destroy certain ‘forever chemicals’

    Scientists have discovered specific bacterial species that can destroy certain kinds of “forever chemicals,” a step further toward low-cost treatments of contaminated drinking water sources.

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    Ancient microbes offer clues to how complex life evolved

    A single-celled organism, a close relative of animals, harbors the remnants of ancient giant viruses woven into its own genetic code, shedding light on how complex organisms may have acquired some of their genes.

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    A community approach to clean water

    The link between water and disease has been recognised for nearly two centuries. Despite this, the current global water situation remains dire. When a top-down approach will not work, community involvement is essential for effective water and sanitation projects.

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Scientists prioritize 6 key pathogens for wastewater surveillance ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

French health authority researchers have identified priority pathogens that could be suitable for wastewater surveillance (WWS) during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games taking place from 26 July to 11 August and 28 August to 8 September.