Re ECF Project: 2009-35

Project Title: Quantification of antibiotic residues and microbial antibiotic-resistant genes in fish ponds and marine culture zones of Hong Kong

Applicant: Dr. Tong ZHANG of The University of Hong Kong

Total Approved Grant: $499,880 (ECF & WWGF: 50/50)

Duration: 1/1/ 2011 to 30/4/2012

Project Status/Remarks: On-going

The objectives of the project are:

  • to determine the concentration of common antibiotics in selected fish ponds and marine culture zones of Hong Kong;
  • to conduct laboratory experiments on adsorption by sediment from freshwater/saltwater fish ponds and mariculture zones;
  • to elucidate the biodegradation and biotransformation of the antibiotics in pond water and marine water, and sediment; and
  • to quantify antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes using the (qRT-PCR) method

Summary of the Findings/Outcomes:
To be available upon completion of the project