ASM Microbe: What part do plant-foods play in antibiotic-resistant infections?


As a continuous and ever-growing threat to global public health, food safety and economic burden, it is critical to understand how antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their genes are transmitted from both meat and plant-foods to humans, in order to effectively combat antibiotic-resistant infections. However, research has notoriously been lacking on the role of plant sources.  

Presented at ASM Microbe (20—24 June 2019, San Francisco, CA, USA), researchers have shown that plant-foods, not just meats, can contribute to the transmission of antibiotic resistance to the gut microbiome and spread of antibioticresistant bacteria 

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