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Two new publications in Nr 1 journal “Water Research”

The research group Water Hygiene proudly annouces the introduction and description of a novel and easy-to-interpret parameter for the stability of drinking water, as well as the first representative quantification of antibiotics resistance markers along the Danube River!

Our latest publications, “Introducing bacterial community turnover times to elucidate temporal and spatial hotspots of biological instability in a large Austrian drinking water distribution network” and “Linking Antibiotic Resistance Gene Patterns with Advanced Faecal Pollution Assessment and Environmental Key Parameters along 2300 km of the Danube River“, are now available online in the Nr 1 journal Water Research (ISI category: Water Resources).

In the first publication, we introduce an innovative tool, bacterial turnover times (BacTT), based on a combination of bacterial cell counts and biomass production as a comprehensive and easy interpretable approach to assess microbiological dynamics and potential biological instability of drinking water in a drinking water distribution system after disinfection. For diving into the details of the publication:

In the second publication, we monitored for the first time representative antimicrobial resistance (AMR) markers along 2300 km of the Danube River. By integrating advanced faecal pollution diagnostics and environmental key parameters, we were able to gain comprehensive insights into AMR patterns and hotspots along the whole river and identify key resistance drivers in this most international river of the world. Further details are available under:

We thank the ICC Water and Health co-authors for the great collaboration and the partners from the project Vienna Water Resource Systems (ViWa2020+) and Joint Danube Survey 4 for their support.