Title

Consumer Product Antimicrobials Select for Antibiotic Resistance in Anaerobic Digesters

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Language

eng

Publication Date

2016

Publisher

Water Environment Federation

Source Publication

Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation

Source ISSN

1938-6478

Abstract

Antibiotic resistance is responsible for thousands of deaths every year in the United States alone. It is important to keep antibiotics viable to prevent disease, but as antibiotic use increases so does antibiotic resistance. It is also possible that household antimicrobials can lead to selection of antibiotic resistance. In this work, an antimicrobial, triclocarban, was added to lab-scale anaerobic digesters. It was discovered that concentrations that have been observed in digesters can cause an increase in a multi-drug resistance gene. Future work should investigate the fate of this gene following land application of biosolids.

Comments

Published as part of Proceedings of the Water Environment Federation, Residuals and Biosolids (2016): 601-604. Publisher Link.

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