Danish drinking water resources are in many places
compromised by pollution by pesticide residues
One solution is to develop purification technologies applying specific degrader bacteria at the waterworks. The pesticide degrading strains introduced into a drinking water sand filter are faced with
interactions from the indigenous microbiota. In particular, attacks by bacteriophages are believed to compromise the survival of the newly introduced strain.
There is an urgent need to elucidate this theory. We propose a project aimed at isolating and identifying possible bacteriophages in the sand filter environment. As well as studying effects on their proliferation upon addition of degrader bacteria.
Possible project tasks:
- Phage isolation
- Microcosm sand filter experiments
- Illumina DNA sequencing of phage Chromosomes
Contact persons: Lars Hestbjerg Hansen, , Lea Ellegaard-Jensen,