Journal article

Salinity as a predominant factor modulating the distribution patterns of antibiotic resistance genes in ocean and river beach soils

Yu-Jing Zhang, Hang-Wei Hu, Hui Yan, Jun-Tao Wang, Shu Kee Lam, Qing-Lin Chen, Deli Chen, Ji-Zheng He

Science of the Total Environment | Elsevier | Published : 2019


Growing evidence points to the pivotal role of the environmental factors in influencing the transmission of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and the propagation of resistant human pathogens. However, our understanding of the ecological and evolutionary environmental factors that contribute to development and dissemination of antibiotic resistance is lacking. Here, we profiled a wide variety of ARGs using the high-throughput quantitative PCR analysis in 61 soil samples collected from ocean and river beaches, which are hotspots for human activities and platforms for potential transmission of environmental ARGs to human pathogens. We identified the dominant abiotic and biotic factors influenc..

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