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Research Project: Assessing and Managing Antibiotic Resistance, Nutrients, and Pathogens In Animal-Impacted Agroecosystems

Location: Agroecosystem Management Research

Title: Research and development of microbiome-related alternatives to antibiotics

item Durso, Lisa
item Gay, Cyril

Submitted to: Waste to Worth Conference
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/7/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary: Alternatives to antibiotics are broadly defined as any substance that can be substituted for drugs that are increasingly becoming ineffective against pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or parasites. The goal is to find alternatives to drugs used to control infectious disease agents, and to promote animal health. The microbiome refers to the suite of bacteria and other microbes that live on and in an animal. These microbes play a vital role in promoting and maintaining animal health. This talk provides a brief overview of microbiome-related antibiotic alternatives and gives an overview of ARS work in this area.

Technical Abstract: The basics of antibiotic resistance will be presented in the context of research and development of microbiome-related alternatives to antibiotics, including alternatives for treatment of infectious disease and growth promotion. The five categories of alternatives to antibiotics will be discussed. ARS research results will be highlighted, along with actionable strategies to enable the continued development and application of alternatives to antibiotics.