Global Experts in Antibiotic Resistance to Attend Workshop at UA

Friday, June 20, 2014

Antibiotic resistance in humans is a growing health concern, and scientists are now looking at how water and soil in the environment might contribute to people becoming immune to life-saving antibiotics.

Experts will discuss this issue at an upcoming University of Arizona workshop, which will tackle the hot-button topic of antibiotic resistance in agriculture.

"Antibiotic Resistance in Agroecosystems: State of the Science" will be held Aug. 5-8 at Biosphere 2, and aims to bring together microbiologists and chemists to identify the most effective methods to track antibiotic resistance in the environment.

"Several recent studies have found antibiotic resistance genes in agricultural environmental samples, including water and manure-impacted soil," said Jean McLain, workshop co-organizer and associate director of the UA Water Resources Research Center in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "This has really raised the alarm about how our environment could possibly create a linkage to antibiotic resistance in humans."

To better understand the complex factors involved in tracking antibiotic resistance in a variety of agroecosystems – including determining levels naturally present in soil and water – McLain and workshop co-organizers Daniel Snow of the University of Nebraska and Lisa Durso of the U.S. Department of Agriculture have invited a number of leading experts to inform attendees on the state of research and aid in the development of future guidelines and practices.

To read the rest of this June 17, 2014 UANews article, click the link below.

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