The organic fraction of municipal solid waste is an under-appreciated reservoir for the accumulation and spread of antimicrobial resistance. To combat this, Kanger et al. use a lab-scale anaerobic digestion system to evaluate whether this waste treatment technology can effectively reduce the diversity and abundance of resistance determinants present in solid organic waste.
The historic use of chlordecone as a pesticide to control banana weevil infestations has resulted in pollution of large land areas in the French West Indies. With a project spanning eight years, University of Toronto researchers provide evidence that bioremediation may be a viable approach to decontaminate chlordecone polluted grounds.