About this Research Topic
Antibiotics application in farm animals has become an integral part of animal production to meet the human food requirements. In particular, antibiotics are largely used for prophylaxis, growth promotion and metaphylaxis during food-animal production systems, making food animals a large reservoir of antimicrobial resistance genes.
Antimicrobial resistance genes (ARGs) and resistant microrganisms are therefore an emerging environmental contaminant. However, antimicrobial resistance dissemination from food-producing animals to the surrounding environment could take place through either the excretion of antimicrobials through urine or faces into surface waters and soils, or the application of animal manure as fertilizer to soil or ponds. This Research Topic will help to understand the generation and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance in agricultural environment, especially food-animal production systems.
Our key goal is to highlight the prevalence and transmission of ARGs through food-animal production systems, in particular ARGs contamination and spread in farm environments. We wish to provide a platform for the researchers to share their findings and experience with the readers around the globe. Articles will highlight current advancements as well as the importance of further research in the field of antibiotic resistance and application of antimicrobial chemotherapy in livestock and aquaculture farms. Applying One Health approach to control the antimicrobial resistance is also of interest. In particular, the articles should focus on the following:
• Detection and tracking of emerging drug-resistant zoonotic bacteria in agricultural ecosystems.
• Primary mechanisms as well as a variety of factors involved in the transmission and spread of ARGs among food animals and the farm environments.
• Exchange and dissemination of antimicrobial resistance determinants trough agricultural residues in large scale industrial animal production system.
Keywords: ARG, agriculture
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