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, and to evaluate the removal efficiency of various pathogens 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.

Funding

•    Queensland Government
•    Queensland Health
•    Advance Queensland
•    Urban Utilities
•    BGI Australia

 

Project outcomes

Research outcomes of this project will help to protect the public and environmental health of Queensland by investigating, assessing and stopping the risk of SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens’ transmission in urban water systems.

Publications

Journal Publications

  • Ni, G., Lu, J., Maulani, N., Tian, W., Yang, L., Harliwong, I., Wang, Z., Mueller, J., Yang, B., Yuan, Z., Hu, S. & Guo, J. 2021. Novel multiplexed amplicon-based sequencing to quantify SARS-CoV-2 RNA from wastewater. Environ. Sci. Technol. Lett. 8, 683-690. 

Thesis

  • Yitian Li. (2021). Master thesis: Virus removal by wastewater disinfection technologies.

 

Project members

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, and to evaluate the removal efficiency of various pathogens by current water disinfection technologies. 

Dr Ji Lu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology

Associate Professor Jianhua Guo

UQ Amp Fellow & Affi Asso Professor
Australian Centre for Water and Environmental Biotechnology