Heavy metal pollution can increase antibiotic resistance in rivers

  19 May 2022

Scientists have shown that elevated heavy metal levels in rivers can lead to higher levels of antibiotic resistance.

Research by Newcastle University and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi quantified antibiotic and metal resistance in sediments from the Ganges and Yamuna Rivers in India and streams in the River Tyne catchment. The results show heavy metals, which are high in the River Tyne catchment due to historic mining and industrial activity, relate to antibiotic resistance levels in the river. The same was seen in the Indian rivers, especially in areas of industrial activity.

Further reading: PhysOrg
Author(s): Newcastle University
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