Video transcript: Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment

Transcript for the video embedded on the Be Curious Create page.


[The screen shows an animation of a blue gloved hand holding a petri dish.] 

[The voiceover says:] Microbes are tiny living organisms such as bacteria, fungi and viruses. 

Some microbes make us sick. Others are important for our health. 

Antimicrobial resistance, or A.M.R for short, occurs when drugs, such as antibiotics 

are no longer able to kill or inhibit microbes when needed. 

[The screen shows an animation of green microbes on a pink background.] 

[The voiceover says:] Developing resistance is a natural process. 

But the overuse of drugs has contributed to the acceleration of antimicrobial resistance. 

Our environment plays a key role in the development of A.M.R, as it can act as a pool or a reservoir of resistant microbes. 

[The screen shows an animation of a globe with plants growing out of the top of it.] 

[The voiceover says:] Antimicrobials can also enter our environment after use by humans, livestock, and the release of waste from drug manufacturing sites. 

[The screen shows an animation of a man drinking a bottle of water, and a cow drinking water from a trough.] 

[The voiceover says:] Humans, animals and plants are then exposed to antimicrobials and resistant microbes. 

This exposure can impact on human, animal and plant health. 

Our India-UK programme, Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment, consists of five projects and is designed to: 

  • Better understand the contribution of environmental pollution from antimicrobial manufacturing waste.
  • Determine concentrations of antimicrobials that select for resistance. 
  • Investigate transport and fate of antimicrobials and resistant microbes in our environment. 
  • Develop and validate globally relevant methods and tools for detection. 
  • Determine the impact on human and animal health. 

Some areas of interest across these projects include: 

  • Chemical and microbial tests, that will allow us to better understand the amount of antimicrobial drugs in the environment across India. 
  • These tests will also help us to improve our understanding of how antimicrobial resistance can develop. 
  • Using and developing models as a novel means of predicting future AMR developments, and as a tool for offering advice to stakeholders. 
  • Field testing of developed biosensors, to aid the detection of antimicrobial resistant microbes on test sites quickly and easily. 

In this program, we have brought our projects together and are working jointly to deliver common methods, policy reviews, reports, and stakeholder engagement activities. 

We aim to combine our findings in order to maximize the impact of our results. 

This work is being supported through funding from the National Environment Research Council (NERC) in the UK and the Department of Biotechnology in India. 

[The video ends with a screen containing the logos of the NERC, the Department of Biotechnology in India, the University of Leeds, Imperial College London, the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick, the University of the West of Scotland and the Be Curious Create logo.] 

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