Marine & Environmental Sciences Faculty Articles

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-11-2020

Publication Title

Antibiotics

Keywords

Marine pollution, Antibiotic resistance, Sediments, Ocean outfall

ISSN

2079-6382

Volume

9

Issue/No.

118

First Page

1

Last Page

10

Abstract

Water samples were collected at several wastewater treatment plants in southeast Florida, and water and sediment samples were collected along and around one outfall pipe, as well as along several transects extending both north and south of the respective outfall outlet. Two sets of samples were collected to address potential seasonal differences, including 38 in the wet season (June 2018) and 42 in the dry season (March 2019). Samples were screened for the presence/absence of 15 select antibiotic resistance gene targets using the polymerase chain reaction. A contrast between seasons was found, with a higher frequency of detections occurring in the wet season and fewer during the dry season. These data illustrate an anthropogenic influence on offshore microbial genetics and seasonal flux regarding associated health risks to recreational users and the regional ecosystem.

Comments

© 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).

Additional Comments

NOAA grant #: NA15NOS4820036

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

ORCID ID

0000-0001-8385-7066

DOI

10.3390/antibiotics9030118

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