Research was funded by Estonian Research Council from National Programme for Addressing Socio-Economic Challenges through R&D (RITA) which is supported by Estonian Government and European Regional Development Fund.
RESPONSIBLE FOR WORK PACKAGES:
Tanel Tenson, email@example.com
Veljo Kisand firstname.lastname@example.org
Koit Herodes, email@example.com
Maido Remm, firstname.lastname@example.org
Irja Lutsar, email@example.com
Piret Kalmus, firstname.lastname@example.org
Estonian Veterinary and Food Laboratory (VFL)
Epp Moks, email@example.com
The level of antibiotic resistance is continuously increasing. Antibiotics are used for treating infections in humans and this group of pharmaceuticals is also heavily used in animal husbandry. Independent of the segment where antibiotics are consumed the usage selects for resistance of bacteria. The resistant microorganisms will be occasionally released to the environment and spread thereby. In addition, antibiotic residues released from the organisms treated are entering waste water treatment plants or applied to the fields with sludge. To combat the resistance problem the potentially critical nodes must be approached in integrated manner.
In the AMR-RITA project we characterize the antibiotic resistant infectious bacteria in Estonia in fine detail through whole genome sequencing. We also determine the concentrations of antibiotics in samples taken from the environment. The inputs from previous data and from the new information collected will be integrated to provide recommendations for containing the spread of antibiotic resistance.
Liina Eek, RITA Programme Manager, Estonian Research Council,
731 7383, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanel Tenson, head of the research consortium, professor in the technology of antimicrobial compounds at the University of Tartu,
737 4844, email@example.com
Toomas Kevvai, Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development, Ministry of Rural Affairs