Australian Centre for Water
and Environmental Biotechnology

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Project Dates: 2020 to 2023


This project aims to investigate the occurrence, distribution and survival of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens in a complete urban water system by developing rapid and advanced sequencing technologies in collaboration with BGI Australia, and to assess the risk of SARSCoV-2 environmental transmission together with Queensland Health. Meanwhile, with the assist from Urban Utilities, this project will evaluate removal efficiency of SARS-CoV-2 by current water disinfection technologies. More importantly, a novel and efficient nanoparticle-based disinfection method will be developed as a proactive approach to combat SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens during potential future pandemics.