Biodiversity in Water Indicative for Human Health

- EN - DE
Photo: Universität Hamburg, RRZ/MCC, Mentz Wolfgang Streit is heading the new co
Photo: Universität Hamburg, RRZ/MCC, Mentz Wolfgang Streit is heading the new collaborative project.

A large city’s sewage contains a huge variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microscopic organisms. A new collaborative monitoring project headed by researchers at Universität Hamburg are now studying how the diversity of this so-called "aquatic microbiome" changes and what it might indicate about human health in urban populations.

The researchers in the Department of Biology will take samples from sewage streams in Hamburg and analyze microbial species diversity. The composition is primarily determined by humans, for example, from the increasing use of antibiotics that destroy other bacteria in the water or lead to resistance. Furthermore, more and more toxins, plasticizers, and microplastics are entering water cycles and changing biodiversity. ...

account creation

TO READ THIS ARTICLE, CREATE YOUR ACCOUNT

And extend your reading, free of charge and with no commitment.