How antibiotic use in animals is contributing to antibiotic resistance

November 20, 2017, Wiley
Sampling mature compost for ARG. Credit: European Journal of Soil Science

The overuse of veterinary antibiotics in animal production and the subsequent land applications of manure contribute to increased antibiotic resistance in soil. A new review published in the European Journal of Soil Science examines the results of recent studies on veterinary antibiotic use, the concentrations of antibiotics, and the abundance and diversity of antibiotic resistance genes in animal manure and in soil that receives manure or manure composts.

The review also discusses the need for more stringent regulations on the use of veterinary antibiotics and future research directions on the mechanisms of and resistance management.

"Recycling of animal manures to soil is good for soil quality, but the spread of antibiotic resistance needs to be tackled urgently," said co-author Dr. Fang-Jie Zhao, of Nanjing Agricultural University, in China.

Explore further: Bacteria can spread antibiotic resistance through soil

More information: W.-Y. Xie et al. Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance from animal manures to soil: a review, European Journal of Soil Science (2017). DOI: 10.1111/ejss.12494 , onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10 … 1111/ejss.12494/full

Related Stories

Bacteria can spread antibiotic resistance through soil

October 6, 2017

When most people think about bacterial antibiotic resistance, they think about it occurring in bacteria found in people or animals. But the environment surrounding us is a huge bacterial reservoir, and antibiotic resistance ...

Antibiotics promote resistance on experimental croplands

June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017 - Canadian researchers have generated both novel and existing antibiotic resistance mechanisms on experimental farmland, by exposing the soil to specific antibiotics. The research is published in Applied and ...

Recommended for you

Researchers come face to face with huge great white shark

January 18, 2019

Two shark researchers who came face to face with what could be one of the largest great whites ever recorded are using their encounter as an opportunity to push for legislation that would protect sharks in Hawaii.

Why do Hydra end up with just a single head?

January 18, 2019

Often considered immortal, the freshwater Hydra can regenerate any part of its body, a trait discovered by the Geneva naturalist Abraham Trembley nearly 300 years ago. Any fragment of its body containing a few thousands cells ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.