Researchers explore ways to remove antibiotics polluting lakes, rivers

Pretreated barley straw showing promise as eco-friendly material that could help soak up certain types of antibiotics polluting waterways.

Pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, are an increasingly common pollutant in water systems, said Catherine Hui Niu, associate professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

When pharmaceuticals are used in humans and animals, traces of the substances are excreted; after that, they end up in sewage and, from there, get into the environment. Their presence in waterways has raised concerns about potential risks to human health and

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