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Origins of Antimicrobial Resistance to Nanosilver: Toward Mitigation of Its Global Spread

Project Member(s): Gunawan, C.

Start year: 2015

Summary: The project seeks for the ┬┐rst time the elucidation of the important phenomena of microorganism resistance to antimicrobial nanosilver, the most commercialised and yet alarmingly, unregulated products of nanotechnology. The integrated research approach enables synchronised determination of the origins and routes of nanosilver toxicity and the corresponding cell defence to the toxicity. The knowledge is key to tackle the potentially devastating environmental and clinical global spread of nanosilver resistance. The knowledge has far-reaching implications on the better governance of the production and use of nanosilver, to protect the well-being of Australians, the international community and the environment.