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Can the transfer of veterinary antibiotics into soil be reduced by biogas plants?

Project Leader
Winckler Christoph, BOKU Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
AGES - Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit GmbH, Spargelfeldstraße 191, 1220 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: DI Erwin Pfundtner;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Federal Environment Agency, Spittelauer Lände 5, A-1090 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Dr. Oliver Gans;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
Amon Thomas, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Division of Agricultural Engineering
Division of Livestock Sciences
Funded by
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management , Stubenring 1, A-1012 Wien, Austria
Aim of the project is to understand whether antibiotics are diminished during the fermentation process, i.e. to what extent the fermentation gas technology could contribute to prevent contamination of the environment with these active substances. For this reason the behaviour of tetracyclines and chinolones in the fermentation process will be studied in both laboratory as well as on-farm conditions. They might also disturb the fermentation process of the biological gas facilities due to antimicrobial activity which would end up with less gas production and as a consequence less energy generation. Furthermore, optimal storage time will be obtained by the calculation of the half times of the investigated substances.
crop husbandry; renewable energy; animal nutrition; animal production; animal keeping;
biogas ; plant; soil; detection; antibiotics;
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