Detecting evolutionary hot spots of antibiotic resistances in Europe
Program at a glance
European Science Foundation, European Commission
COST Action TD0803
Detecting Evolutionary Hot Spots of Antibiotic Resistances in Europe
Chair of the Action
Dr. Thomas Berendonk, TU Dresden, Germany
Vice Chair of the Action
Prof. Despo Fatta Kassinos, Nireas – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
The main objective of DARE COST Action was to identify and characterize environmental hot spots for antimicrobial resistance (AR) emergence and spreading of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance patterns, aiming at the development of measures to control antibiotic resistance evolution. A network between medical researchers, urban water engineers, chemists, epidemiologists, microbiologists, environmental biologists and evolutionary biologists agreed on the following objectives: (a) assess the potential of wastewater treatment plants (UWTPs) and animal production as environmental hot spots for antimicrobial resistance emergence and spreading, (b) identify key processes, which foster or stabilize antibiotic resistances in different environments and assess measures to reduce the evolution of new AR, (c) develop an appropriate risk assessment and (d) identify key requirements for a (molecular) screening system of AR.
Dr. Despo Fatta-Kassinos was a member of the Management Committee and the Vice Chair of the Action.
WG1: Prevalence and spread of antibiotics and AR microbes
WG2: Antibiotics and AR microbes in UWTPs and animal production
WG3: Antibiotics and AR evolution in natural environments