UB
Vircont

Laboratory of Virus Contaminants of Water and Food

 


The Laboratory of Virus Contaminants of Water and Food belongs to the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics of the University of Barcelona (UB).

Our research program mainly focuses on pathogens like hepatitis A and E viruses (HAV and HEV), enteroviruses, adenoviruses, noroviruses, polyomaviruses and other human emergent viruses that may be present in contaminated water or food. We also focus on techniques for Microbial Source Tracking of fecal pollution. We work on developing and optimizing methodologies to detect and study the presence and characteristics of viruses present in water and food and are interested in adapt these techniques to  apply them to “in field” scenarios such humanitarian crisis. Recently we are evaluating the presence of emergent viruses potentially transmitted by water and food through the development of next Generation Sequencing protocols for environmental samples.

The group participates in:

 

 

Communication in the 18th International Sympo...

HUMAN VIRUS IN FECALLY CONTAMINATED WATER, THE VIROME OF URBAN SEWAGE

METAWATER

New METAgenomics and molecular based tools for european scale identification and control of emergent microbial contaminants in irrigation WATER.

Irrigation water may be the source of microbiological contamination of fresh vegetables and has been associated to important food-borne epidemics of gastroenteritis, acute hepatitis and other important diseases.

I PREMI TORRES&EARTH A LA INNOVACIÓ MEDIA...

TRAÇAR L'ORIGEN DE LA CONTAMINACIÓ A L'AIGUA DE POU

Rusiñol M., Bofill-Mas S., Hundesa A., Guerrero-Latorre L., Fernández-Cassi X., Fresno S., Aguado D., Figuerola N., Gonzales E., Girones R.