NERC tackles human exposure to microorganisms with Dstl and the FSA
10 June 2015
NERC can announce four projects addressing key areas of potential exposure to microorganisms that can affect public health.
This is the first collaboration between NERC, the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The Environmental Microbiology & Human Health research programme focuses on studying harmful microorganisms in different habitats to understand the potential risks to human health. The methods developed will generate knowledge and data that will inform guidance for addressing public health or significant infection outbreaks.
Sample environments will include microorganisms in aquatic systems: rivers, recreational waters, beaches and shellfisheries, and microorganisms in the air in urban, agricultural, industrial and bio-waste management sites. The research will set out to establish new guidelines and methods for assessing infection risk.
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