Spreading antibiotics in the soil affects microbial ecosystems


Source: ScienceDaily

Antibiotics used extensively in intensive livestock production may be having an adverse effect on agricultural soil ecosystems.

In a presentation to the Society for General Microbiology meeting at Harrogate International Centre March 30, Dr Heike Schmitt from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands described how antibiotics passed from the animals in manure that was then spread on farmland. Although higher organisms, such as earthworms, would only be affected at unrealistic concentrations of antibiotics, changes in soil bacterial communities have been found repeatedly using molecular microbiological techniques.

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