Antibiotic resistance has been a growing problem in healthcare and agriculture for several decades. Antibiotic resistance has been evolving naturally for millions of years, but the process is also accelerated by human activities. Wastewater treatment plants have been studied as potential sources of antibiotic resistance genes in aquatic environments. In this study, several wastewater treatment plants in southern Kentucky were tested for the presence of blaSHV, blaCTX, and tet(B) using PCR and gel electrophoresis. Preliminary evidence suggests that the wastewater treatment plant at West Hickman may be a source of tet(B) and that the wastewater treatment plant at Silver Creek may be a source of blaSHV.
Semester/Year of Award
William J. Staddon
Open Access Thesis
Philosophy and Religion
Jeck, Anthony, "Kentucky Wastewater Treatment Plants and the Prevalence of Antibiotic Resistance Genes" (2016). Honors Theses. 333.