257 Symposium--Soils As the New Frontier in Antibiotic and Antibiotic Resistance Discovery

Oral Session
Special Sessions
The President recently announced a new national initiative that will double Federal funding for the study of antibiotic resistance in FY2016.  Both national and international organizations have stressed the seriousness of the current global antibiotic resistance (AR) threat, warning that “the world is headed for a post-antibiotic era”. These organizations point out the need for information to bridge gaps in understanding AR transmission through food chains, to better characterize the impact of antibiotic usage in agricultural production and to identify alternatives to current treatment regimes. In order to facilitate the goal of reducing the transfer of antibiotic resistance from agroecosystems to human clinical settings, it is essential to better understand the natural levels, and the fate and transport of specific types of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance through soil. Recent isolation of a novel, “resistance-proof”, antibiotic from natural soils also highlights how soils studies are advancing research to identify naturally-occurring antibiotics; linking field studies and human health advancement. Such linkages are being addressed in ground-breaking scientific research, resulting in a paradigm shift in addressing how agricultural antibiotic use impacts human and environmental health.

Soil Biology & Biochemistry
Soils & Environmental Quality

Animal Agriculture and the Environment Community

Tuesday, November 17, 2015: 1:00 PM-4:10 PM
Minneapolis Convention Center, L100 GH

Jean McLain and Kimberly L Cook
Jean McLain and Kimberly L Cook
1:00 PM
Introductory Remarks
1:05 PM
Taking Stock of Args As Pollutants – Past, Now and Future.
James Tiedje, Michigan State University
1:55 PM
Elucidating the Potential for Transfer of Antibiotic Resistance Genes through Agro-Ecosystems.
Kimberly L Cook, USDA-ARS; Sven Jechalke, Julius-Kühn-Institut; Birgit Wolters, Julius-Kühn-Institut; Kornelia Smalla, Julius-Kühn-Institut
2:20 PM
Break and Discussion with Mervalin Morant from the AFRI Program in Antibiotic Resistance (AR) about current USDA efforts to fund AR research
2:40 PM
Discovery of a New Class of Antibiotic in Natural Soils;.
Slava Epstein, Northeastern University
3:05 PM
Addressing the Natural Antibiotic Resistome in Studies of Soil Resistance.
Jean E. McLain, University of Arizona; Michael Rothrock, USDA-ARS
3:20 PM
Detection of Antibiotic Residual in Soil.
Daniel D. Snow, University of Nebraska - Lincoln; David A Cassada, University of Nebraska; Sathaporn Onanong, University of Nebraska
3:45 PM
A One Health Approach to Antibiotic Resistance.
Randy Singer, University of Minnesota
4:10 PM
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