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All about viruses in the aquatic environment on ISSM2020

All about viruses in the aquatic environment on ISSM2020

How do viruses transport in the aquatic environment? And how is this becoming a greater and greater problem due to the global pollution of water? Dr Kata Farkas answers these two questions in her key note at ISSM2020. “I will also include aspects on how this pollution can be mitigated to preserve human and animal health risks.”

ISSM key note speaker Kata Farkas works at the Bangor University at the Shellfish Centre ( Her primary research interest is the ecology and survival of viruses in the aquatic environment, with a special focus on the fate of enteric viruses. Farkas competed her PhD in microbiology at the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) in 2014. “I am very happy that the conference organisers give opportunity to early-mid career researchers, like myself, as I believe we have a lot of interesting results, conclusions and expert opinion in our areas of interest.”

Dr Kata Farkas

Emerging problem
“Viral diseases are an emerging problem globally affecting human, animal and plant health”, tells Farkas about her area of interest. “There are more and more viruses circulating rapidly. Just think of the recent coronavirus outbreaks, the Zika and Ebola viruses or the seasonal flu we have each year. While some health threats are well-known to the public, the environmental transmission of these pathogens is grossly overlooked.”

In her one-hour presentation Kata Farkas will give an overview on the transmission and ecology of human viruses in the aquatic environment. She will also summarise the latest developments on testing the infectivity of viruses and how these tools can be used outside medical research for testing environmental water samples. Farkas: “I aim to make my talk as inclusive as possible so it will be interesting for junior and senior researchers and for non-academics as well. And I will make sure there is plenty time for questions, answers and discussion. I think the room for discussion is just as important as the actual talk.”

Excellent platform
The 2020 edition is the first ISSM-conference Kata Farkas will visit. She is really looking forward to it. “I am hoping to learn more about the microbial ecology of deep groundwater and to find out how human infrastructure and industrial activities affect the microbial communities in the subsurface environment. I’m also looking forward to catch up with researchers from different countries. It will be a great opportunity to meet international researchers and hear their stories and perspectives. ISSM2020 provides an excellent platform to initiate collaboration.”

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