Department of Environmental Engineering
Technical University of Denmark
Title of talk
Transfer and long-term persistence of plasmids encoding antimicrobial resistance in environmental microbial communities
Barth F. Smets is Professor of Environmental Microbiology at the Technical University of Denmark. His research focuses on Microbial Resource Management and Engineering: the bridge between environmental engineering and microbial ecology. His research group uses both advanced experimental (microscopic, molecular, omic) tools as well as computational (agent and continuum models) approaches to study fundamental and applied microbial ecological questions, with a focus on mixed microbial communities within water engineering applications. Central interests are the ecology of antibiotic resistance genes, the microbial ecology of drinking water production systems, dynamics and control of nitrogen-fueled microbial communities, and new biotechnologies for nutrient recovery, and a general interest in the forces that shape and control microbial communities and their activities. He has ca. 175 ISI publications, with an H-index of 34.