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Research Expertise

Larsson Lab (University of Gothenburg):

  • Metagenomics and Bioinformatics: Larsson lab use the culture-independent metagenomics approach to pinpoint resistance genes involved in microbial community responses to biocides and metals. They use Next Generation Sequencing technologies and advanced bioinformatics techniques to study taxonomic composition and accurately identify resistance genes in microbial communities.
  • Assessing Horizontal gene transfer capacities: The Larsson lab also use fluorescently labeled model bacteria to assess the potential of resistance genes to spread to human pathogens in laboratory settings. Resistance genes and plasmids transferred between bacteria are then characterized through, for example, DNA sequencing.

Blanck Lab (University of Gothenburg):

  • PICT Studies: PICT (Pollution-Induced Community Tolerance) is an ecotoxicological methodology for detecting causal links between toxicants and effects on microbial communities in field studies. The Blanck lab use the PICT studies to assess the strength of the selection pressures from biocides and metals needed to cause community shifts, to categorize co- or cross-resistance patterns, and to provide material for analysis of resistomes formed under field and experimental conditions.

Andersson Lab (Uppsala University):

  • Competition Experiments: The Andersson lab use competition experiments to provide a direct quantitative measurement of selective advantages for resistant bacteria under the selection pressure from single biocides/antibiotics or complex mixtures. They also screen for de novo selection of biocide resistant mutants to determine if these mutants also acquire cross-resistance to antibiotics.


Tysklind Lab (Umeå University):

  • Chemical Analysis: The trace analyses laboratory at the Umeå University use the state-of-art instrumentation techniques and advanced laboratory quality control procedures to analyze a broad range of organic and inorganic compounds and trace elements in different environmental matrices including pharmaceuticals, industrial contaminants, marine sediments and biofilms.


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