How is antibiotic resistance transferred from animal manure to vegetable?

Grant number: DP170103628 | Funding period: 2017 - 2020



This project aims to decipher the transmission routes of antibiotic resistance from animal manure to manured soil and vegetable. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) threaten human health, but the pathways and mechanisms for transmission of ARGs in the environment are unknown. This project will investigate all the major classes of ARGs in typical animal manure and vegetable form, and possible routes for their transmission from manure to soil and to vegetable surfaces and endophytic bacterial communities. The results are expected to identify the ARGs indicators likeliest to spread into the food chain, and develop management options to tackle the environmental antibiotic resistance.

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