Research Exchanges: A small-scale monitoring study for a range of antibiotics in the River Foss catchment and comparison of antibiotic exposure in the UK and India


Indian Activity Lead Name: 

Ms. Akanksha Singh Kachhawaha

Indian Activity Lead Organization: 


UK Activity Lead Name: 

Dr. Alistair Boxall

UK Activity Lead Organisation: 

University of York

The primary concern regarding antibiotics is associated with the development of resistance mechanisms by bacteria and its implications in human health. But their sustained release to the environment along with their bioactive properties also raise concerns about the toxicity of antibiotics to non-target organisms. This junior researcher exchange took place between the 7th and 27th of May, 2018.  The exchange included the collection, analysis and comparison of water samples from River Foss, UK and River Nag, with the aim to compare the exposure of pharmaceuticals in the two countries.  Methodologies including Liquid Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry were used for analysis and interpretation.   The study looked at 40 pharmaceuticals including five antibiotics (trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, erythromycin, clarithromycin, and metronidazole).  For more information on the experiences gained from this exchange please see the activity report here.

Activity Date Calender: 

Monday, May 7, 2018 to Sunday, May 27, 2018

Google map location: 

RE_University of York