Journal article

Impacts of reclaimed water irrigation on soil antibiotic resistome in urban parks of Victoria, Australia

Xue-Mei Han, Hang-Wei Hu, Xiu-Zhen Shi, Jun-Tao Wang, Li-Li Han, Deli Chen, Ji-Zheng He

ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

UNLABELLED: The effluents from wastewater treatment plants have been recognized as a significant environmental reservoir of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). Reclaimed water irrigation (RWI) is increasingly used as a practical solution for combating water scarcity in arid and semiarid regions, however, impacts of RWI on the patterns of ARGs and the soil bacterial community remain unclear. Here, we used high-throughput quantitative PCR and terminal restriction fragment length polymorphism techniques to compare the diversity, abundance and composition of a broad-spectrum of ARGs and total bacteria in 12 urban parks with and without RWI in Victoria, Australia. A total of 40 un..

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Grants

Awarded by Chinese Academy of Sciences


Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by Key Research and Development Program of Shandong Province


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was financially supported by Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme, Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15020200), National Natural Science Foundation of China (41301265), Australian Research Council (DE150100870) and Key Research and Development Program of Shandong Province (2015GSF117033). We gratefully acknowledge Ms Hang Gao for her assistance during field sampling.