Göteborgs universitet

Investigating the driving forces and spread of antibiotic resistance: the case of marine aquaculture in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa

We will investigate the local economic role of, and need for antibiotics and produce a cost-benefit analysis. We will map the flow of antibiotics from production to use in order to identify points in the value chain where restrictions would be fair and effective. Further, we will use metagenomics to identify genetic fingerprints of the ARG pool from four aquaculture sites. The spread of specific ARG patterns are hypothesised to be linked to the dispersal of phytoplankton and will be projected by oceanographic connectivity models and verified with repeated sampling at different geographic scales.