AMR-Env is a new French network dedicated to the AMR in the environment, initiated within the PROMISE project.

It gathers 17 research units and 4 existing French networks:

  • OZCAR – French network of Critical Zone Observatories: Research and Applications
  • Graie – Group of research, technical coordination and water information
  • PNDB – “Pole national des données de biodiversité”
  • The Water Agencies


One of AMR-Env objectives is to demonstrate the feasibility of a routine surveillance system in France to monitor AMR in the environment. This feasibility study relies on the selection of appropriate indicators and proxies to monitor AMR as well as a standardization procedure for sampling and analysis to make data generated interoperable.

Selected indicators include:

  • The ratio of ESBL-producing Escherichia coliover total Escherichia coli,
  • The relative abundance of intI1 gene,
  • Integron cassettes (proxies to evaluate the origin of AMR contamination).

All AMR-Env members committed to a procedure of standardization and inter-calibration of methods to quantify these indicators.

Their relevance will be demonstrated on samples already collected but also via pilot studies in interesting geographic areas.

17 research units (french)

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