Evaluation and minimisation of the role of biocides in the development of antibiotic resistance in pathogens using a total chain approach

Starting date
February 18, 2008
Duration (months)
Managers or local contacts
Torriani Sandra

The following key objectives will be addressed:
  1. Establish the extent to which cross-resistance to biocides and antibiotics is occurring in a range of pertinent bacterial species in relation to different classes to biocides and antibiotics.
  2. Investigate the impact of exposure to sub-lethal levels of biocides on the potential development of cross-resistance to biocides and antibiotics
  3. Determine the fundamental genetic factors that contribute to identified cross-resistance to biocides and antibiotics.
  4. The design and the development of an embedded prototype for the information tracing based on open-source technologies.
  5. Establish the impact of biofilm formation on development of cross-resistance to biocides and antibiotics.
  6. Develop a risk management protocol for the use of biocides which minimises both development of biocide resistance and cross-resistance to antibiotics
The above objectives will be addressed in the proposed project by a geographically diverse, multidisciplinary team comprising of veterinary, food, clinical and industrial experts who will bring together their complimentary expertise to address the scientific, technical and risk management issues outlined above.


Funds: requested

Project participants

Sandra Torriani
Full Professor
Research areas involved in the project
Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology


Research facilities