Australian Centre for Water
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ACWEB has joined with a number of research Institutes and Schools across UQ to form a virtual centre for conducting research activities relating to environmental health science. This centre, the Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health Science, brings together a wide range of expertise from different disciplines to enhance collaborative research in the field.

A project currently being developed through the alliance is to better understand and control outbreaks of Legionella pneumophila that causes Legionnaires’ disease. The project will improve insight of the ecology of Legionella within water supply pipelines (especially in hospitals) and aims to develop biofilm control to reduce the organisms infectious occurrence.