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Research Project: Antimicrobial Resistance Associated with Poultry and Poultry Litter Microbiota

Location: Bacterial Epidemiology & Antimicrobial Resistance Research

Project Number: 6040-32000-010-001-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2016
End Date: Aug 31, 2021

1. Evaluate prevalence of antimicrobial resistance among foodborne pathogens and commensals in production environments (birds, litter, surrounding facilities). 2. Determine the effect of litter age on prevalence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) bacteria in poultry production facilities.

Studies will be conducted in collaboration with University of Georgia Poultry Science Department to identify reservoirs of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria, resistance genes and other resistance determinants in production environments. Specific focus will be on the evaluation of the effect of litter age (time and flock number raised on litter) on the persistence of AMR determinants and on the survival of foodborne pathogens carrying AMR. Funds will provide support for studies including facilities, supplies, litters animal production and students.