Relaxing with my good friends Profs Yuksel Ardali and Hrissi Karapanagioti after a successful Climate Cooperation and Green Deal Symposium 2022 in Samsun at Ondokuz Mayis University. Yuksel and Hrissi visited Newcastle University with their children for a few months over 10 years ago. It goes to show the importance of face to face meetings and informal conversations, which transform professional contacts into life-long friendships.
Visiting Khung Kraben Bay with Soydoa Vinitnantharat and her team to admire how restored mangrove forests form a buffer zone between the aquaculture ponds and the bay. They provide a range of ecosystem services, including water cleansing, biodiversity, food and recreation.
Why fly to the Mediterranean, if there is such beauty at our doorstep?
Read about our work over several years with colleagues at Ardhi University in Tanzania on the attenuation of bacterial hazard indicators in the subsurface of an informal settlement.
Celebrating Aom’s thesis submission
Our recent paper reports that combining red LEDs and sunlight in deep high rate algal ponds has a high potential for digestate treatment where extensive pond areas are prohibitive. A great outcome of our continuing collaboration with lead author and former colleague Cesar Mota, who is now an academic at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil.
Dr Haile and I participated in a podcast on citizen science methods to address flooding and water pollution risks in the Akaki catchment, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Our latest paper describes a mobile laboratory for fecal pollution source tracking with onsite qPCR assays. In 3 hours from sampling to results. Excellent work by Rixia Zan, Kishor Acharya, and Adrian Blackburn.
UKRI are presenting our lab in a suitcase for molecular water microbiology as one of their research impacts and outcomes case studies.
Molecular markers link Vibrio cholerae hazards in the Akaki catchment to human sewage pollution. 0.6-20% of fecal coliforms in the rivers of the catchment had ESBL producing antibiotic resistance traits. Hazards were highest in the dry season when river water is used for irrigation. Read our paper in Science of the Total Environment.