Kishor, with our colleagues in Tanzania, has published an article in the Journal of Environmental Management showing that DNA fragments are much more resilient under chlorination than intact cells or culturable bacteria. Consequently, complementary plate count methods remain essential for the correct interpretation of molecular data for disinfected waters. An important insight gained from the IMAGINE project.
We have assembled small equipment items into a water quality lab that fits into a suitcase. The suitcase lab enables 16S rRNA gene amplicon based characterization of millions of bacteria in water samples, almost anywhere in the world. A fantastic outcome of our collaboration with colleagues in Ethiopia.
Every year I have the privilege of working with talented CivEng students on their MEng/BEng projects. This year, MEng student Joseph Lazenby developed a fantastic website to interpret and share water quality information with the public, while BEng student Maximillian Ballard produced a BEng project prize-winning website on sanitation solutions. Well done, both!
Dr Kishor Acharya was awarded a Rapid Response Grant from the Global Challenge Academy to work with the Addis Ababa Water and Sewerage Authority (AAWSA), Addis Ababa University and the International Water Management Institute, in Ethiopia. The project aim is to share best practice for personnel working in the collection, treatment and management of wastewater.
Yifei, Jiangkun and Sanjeeb have successfully published a first outcome of our trinational collaboration with the China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, and the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, on using enzymes to degrade antibiotics in wastewater treatment plant effluent.
Congratulations to Dr George Mangse, who has published a paper from his PhD in the journal Environmental Pollution. George is now an academic in the Department of Biological Sciences, Nile University of Nigeria, Abuja.
Kishor’s MinION paper, published on Oct 31st, was among the Top 100 Downloaded Scientific Reports papers in Microbiology in 2019.
A new research translation award by the BBSRC and NERC will enable us to continue our productive collaboration with Prof Soydoa Vinitnantharat and her team at KMUTT in Thailand. The topic of the award is “A Framework for Sustainable Aquaculture within Peri-Urban Green Infrastructures Protecting the Gulf of Thailand”. The project focuses on engagement with the stakeholders in government and aquaculture practitioners.
At the end of a morning of fieldwork tracking faecal pollution sources along the River Team we were able to show our visitors Dr. Osuolale Olayinka from Nigeria and Ms. Jemila Mohammed from Ethiopia the Angel of the North.
It was a joy to celebrate 70 years of water and environmental health research and teaching at Newcastle University with over 260 guests, students and colleagues! Many thanks to all the participants, and especially the contributors to my sessions on sanitation for all, and water leakage.