Skip to main content
ARS Home » Northeast Area » Beltsville, Maryland (BARC) » Beltsville Agricultural Research Center » Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory » Research » Publications at this Location » Publication #386389

Research Project: Evaluation of Genetic and Management Factors to Reduce Foodborne Pathogens and Antimicrobial Resistance in Dairy Cattle

Location: Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory

Title: FI: The fecobiome initiative

item SAPOUNTZIS, PANAGIOTIS - Clermont Universite, Universite D'Auvergne, Unite De Nutrition Humaine
item TESEO, SERAFINO - Nanyang Technological University
item OTANI, SARIA - Technical University Of Denmark
item AARESTRUP, FRANK - Technical University Of Denmark
item FORANO, EVELYNE - Clermont Universite, Universite D'Auvergne, Unite De Nutrition Humaine
item SUEN, GARRET - University Of Wisconsin
item TSIAMIS, GEORGE - University Of Patras
item Van Kessel, Jo Ann
item Haley, Bradd
item HUWS, SHARON - Queens University - United Kingdom

Submitted to: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/8/2021
Publication Date: 7/11/2022
Citation: Sapountzis, P., Teseo, S., Otani, S., Aarestrup, F., Forano, E., Suen, G., Tsiamis, G., Van Kessel, J.S., Haley, B.J., Huws, S. 2022. FI: The fecobiome initiative. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 19(17):441-447.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Animal husbandry has been key to the sustainability of human societies for millennia. Livestock animals, such as cattle, convert plants to protein biomass due to a compartmentalized Gastrointestinal Tract (GIT) and the complementary contributions of a diverse GIT microbiota, thereby providing humans with meat and dairy products. Research on cattle gut microbial symbionts has mainly focused on the rumen (which is the primary fermentation compartment) and there is a paucity of functional insight on the intestinal (distal end) microbiota. Here we present the Fecobiome Initiative (or FI), an international initiative that aims to facilitate collaboration among labs working on research projects related to the intestinal microbiota, disseminate research results and promote open-sourceness. By doing so, the FI can help mitigate foodborne and animal pathogens that threaten livestock and enter our food chain, reduce the emergence and spread of antimicrobial resistance in cattle, and potentially improve the welfare and nutrition of animals. We invite all researchers interested in this type of research to join the FI through our website: