Journal article

Agricultural activities affect the pattern of the resistome within the phyllosphere microbiome in peri-urban environments

Qian Xiang, Dong Zhu, Madeline Giles, Roy Neilson, Xiao-Ru Yang, Min Qiao, Qing-Lin Chen

Journal of Hazardous Materials | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

The plant microbiome represents a crucial pathway for human exposure to environmental antibiotic resistance. However, little information is available regarding the plant associated resistome in human-related environments at a larger scale. Here, by high-throughput quantitative-PCR chip-based array and amplicon sequencing, we characterized antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and bacterial communities in plant and soil microbiomes from human highly disturbed peri-urban farmland and less disturbed forest at a watershed scale. A total of 71 ARGs were detected in the phyllosphere, which covered almost all the major recognized classes of antibiotics that are administered commonly to humans and anim..

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Grants

Awarded by National Key Research and Development Program of China


Awarded by Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences


Awarded by Water Science and Technology Fund of Jiangxi Province in China


Awarded by Natural Environment Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (2017YFE0107300), Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy of Sciences (XDB15020402), Water Science and Technology Fund of Jiangxi Province in China (KT201702) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NE/N00745X/1 and NE/S009132). The James Hutton Institute receives financial support from the Scottish Government Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services Division.