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USDA supports antimicrobial resistance research

29 November 2021

The goal is to reduce the adverse effects of antimicrobials used in agriculture

The US Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has supported several agricultural research projects focused on addressing antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

The aim of the research is to reduce any potential negative impacts from the use of antibiotics, especially those used to treat human diseases, and to identify alternative strategies for mitigating AMR in the food chain.

At the University of Georgia, for instance, research shows there may be more antimicrobial resistant salmonella in our food animals than scientists previously thought.

At the University of Tennessee researchers have identified oxidisers, such as chlorine and UV light, that remove antibiotics from septic system wastewater. The ability to remove these antibiotics could help prevent the emergence of antibiotic resistant microbes.


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