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Resistant bacteria in intestinal tract linked to antibiotic usage

  • 13 Aug 10:05

Levels of antibiotic resistance in the intestinal tracts of broilers and pigs are linked to antibiotic usage, according to the results of a pan-European study.The international team, which included scientists from Utrecht University and Wageningen Bioveterinary Research, found that the quantity and type of resistance genes present in the intestinal tracts differed according to the type of animal and country. The team visited 178 broiler and 181 pig farms in nine European Union countries, collecting more than 9,000 animal dung samples. Collecting data via DNA in dung They opted for a new approach to measuring resistance, collecting data via the DNA in the dung of. Read more...