Laboratory of Viruses Contaminants of Water and Food

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

Our research is based on the study of hepatitis A and E (HAV and HEV) viruses, enteroviruses, adenoviruses, noroviruses, polyomaviruses and other emerging human viruses that can be transmitted by water or contaminated foods. We also apply the detection of several indicator viruses for tracing faecal contamination in the environment (Microbial Source Tracking). We work to develop and optimize methods to detect and study the characteristics of all these viruses and we are interested in adapting these techniques to be able to apply them to "in situ" scenarios as could be contexts of humanitarian crises. We are also foused on the study of potential emerging viruses transmitted by water or food using New Generation Sequencing (NGS) tools.

The group is part of:
• Catalan Network of Biotechnology (http://www.xrb.cat/index.php?lang=ca)
• The Water Institute of the University of Barcelona (http://www.ub.edu/aigua/ca)
• The Consolidated Research Group of the Generalitat of Catalonia "VIRBAP, Viruses, bacteria and protozoa of interest in water and food"

Characterisation of the sewage virome: compar...
Microbiological contamination of conventional...
Metagenomic analysis of viruses, bacteria and...


URBANWAT is a project financed by the EU Commission under the call “Closing the Water Cycle Gap”of  the Water JPI Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. This research propose an improvement of tools and criteria for groundwater management in urban areas to ensure the sustainability of urban water resources and define their potential uses, from an integral approach.



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.