Catalan Water Research Institute research and innovation for the sustainable use of water

Specialized in the molecular analysis of a great variety of aqueous materials (sources of human consumption, fluvial biofilm, sediments, residual waters, active fangs) from the extraction of high quality nucleic acids (DNA and RNA).

The application of molecular techniques such as PCR and qPCR, allow the detection and quantification of any target gene in user samples. The UTBM has specialized in the quantification of resistance genes of a wide range of antibiotic families (ARGs), in line with the compounds that are detected by the UEM, promoting the transversality of the laboratories that make up the SCT.

The UTBM also has a Radioactive Facility with non-encapsulated sources, which allows the study of the radionuclides 3H, 14C, 35S using equipment recommended for most cases where a high level of sensitivity is required.


  • Study of bacterial communities
  • Characterization and quantification of genetic elements related to anthropogenic activity
  • Characterization and quantification of the resistome
  • Analysis of acute toxicity (microtox) and mutagenicity (Ames test) in mostres d'aigua
  • Analysis of radioisotopes (3H, 14C, 35S)

Genes Resistance to Antibiotics

  • Sulfonamides

    sull, sulll

  • Macrolides


  • Tetracyclines

    tetM, tetW, tetO

  • Beta-lactamases

    blaTEM, blaNDM, blaOXA-46, blaKPC, blaSHV, blaCTX

  • Quinolones

    qnrA, qnrS

  • Polimixines


Other relevant genes

  • Bacterial community

    16S rDNA

  • Anthropogenic contamination indicator


  • Bacterial stress indicator

    recA, soxS

  • Metal resistance

    czcA, pbrT

  • Fusobacterium nucleatum


  • E.coli



  • Large Volume Centrifuge

  • Twinkle Team

  • Photodocumentary

  • Homogenizer

  • Microtox

  • Quantitative PCR

  • Conventional thermal cycler

  • Thermocycler Gradient

  • Qubit

  • Centrifuga

Human team