Impact of UV treatment for the removal of bacterial genes during wastewater treatment

Bulut, Taliye
İçgen, Bülent
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are considered as important hotspots for the spread of the antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). The dissemination of ARGs is one of the most significant threat to public health. This also causes a danger for water quality in surface waters and groundwater. These waters can easily be included in human life by their use in places such as agriculture, livestock and drinking waters. The bacterial gene is important to analyze the quantity of the total bacterial load and to normalize the abundance of ARGs in the collected samples. While WWTP design has been mastered for the removal of solids, organic matter, and nutrients, they have not been intentionally designed for removal of micropollutants and pathogenic microorganisms. Therefore, in this study, removal efficiencies of these bacterial genes was investigated through UV treatment units in WWTP.
International Ecology Symposium, (19 - 23 Haziran 2018)


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T. Bulut and B. İçgen, “Impact of UV treatment for the removal of bacterial genes during wastewater treatment,” presented at the International Ecology Symposium, (19 - 23 Haziran 2018), Kastamonu, Türkiye, 2018, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: