The Swedish Research Council has awarded a grant of 3.2 MSEK to CARe scientists
In this project, we will search for new forms of resistance genes present in present in environmental and commensal bacteria.
The diversity and mobility of novel antibiotic resistance genes
Novel ARGs are continuously mobilized from environmental and commensal bacteria and transferred into pathogens which makes them hard to treat.
Characterization of the ARGs maintained by bacterial communities is vital for understanding this flow of resistance genes and how it can be countered. In this project, we will therefore search for new forms of resistance genes present in present in environmental and commensal bacteria. We will also investigate the mobility and identify genes with an especially high risk to be transferred into pathogens. Finally, we will pin-point environments where the transfer events of novel ARGs are most likely to occur.
Erik Kristiansson is the coordinating scientist for this project.