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    Investigating antibiotic resistance in non-clinical environments


    Walsh, Fiona (2013) Investigating antibiotic resistance in non-clinical environments. Frontiers in Microbiology. ISSN 1664-302X

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    Abstract

    There have been many calls for more information about the natural resistome and these have also highlighted the importance of understanding the soil resistome in the preservation of antibiotics for the treatment of infections. However, to date there have been few studies which have investigated the culturable soil resistome, which highlights the difficulties faced by microbiologists in designing these experiments to produce meaningful data. The World Health Organization definition of resistance is the most fitting to non-clinical environmental studies: antimicrobial resistance is resistance of a microorganism to an antimicrobial medicine to which it was previously sensitive. The ideal investigation of non-clinical environments for antibiotic resistance of clinical relevance would be using standardized guidelines and breakpoints. This review outlines different definitions and methodologies used to understand antibiotic resistance and suggests how this can be performed outside of the clinical environment.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Investigating; antibiotic resistance; non-clinical environments;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Biology
    Item ID: 12673
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2013.00019
    Depositing User: Fiona Walsh
    Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2020 12:54
    Journal or Publication Title: Frontiers in Microbiology
    Publisher: Frontiers
    Refereed: Yes
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