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Antimicrobial resistance is a rapidly growing health threat. Already resistant microbes need to be contained and efforts need to be invested to prevent new harmful strains of resistant pathogens to develop and spread.

Selecting projects that relate to antimicrobial resistance is to a large extent a matter of definition of scope. Although any effort aiming towards infection control may be important to help reducing resistance, this overview comprises only projects that directly deal with the problem of resistance.

This publication comprises research projects related to antimicrobial resistance and so far funded in the Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources Programme of the Fifth Framework Programme. Projects have been selected primarily from key action 2, Control of Infectious Diseases, but also from key action 1, Food, Nutrition and Health, and key action 3, The Cell Factory.

The projects described address a wide range of resistance carrying microbial pathogens, such as multi-drug resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumonia and resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Neisseria meningitidis, Salmonella sp Candida sp HIV, Hepatitis B, Plasmodium falciparum and Leishmania sp.

No projects on antimicrobial resistance in farm animals and in aquaculture have so far been funded in the Fifth Framework Programme. For this reason, two projects that address these issues have been included although they were funded in the Fourth Framework Programme and are thus already completed.

Most of the included projects started in late 2000 and some have just started at the time of publication. It is clear that the aim of this publication is thus not to describe or assess the results generated in the projects, but rather to provide an overview over ongoing research activities funded at European level in this field.

Additional information

Authors: LÖNNROTH A (EDITOR), European Commission, DG for Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19865 EN (2001), 83pp. Euro: 11.50
Availability: EUR-OP reference: KI-NA-19865-EN-C Available from EUR-OP sales agents URL:
ISBN: ISBN 92-894-1755-2
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