Research: Can manure help control antibiotic-resistant bacteria in soil?
February 5, 2024 by Manure Manager
Recent study results published in Soil Ecology Letters state that antibiotic resistant bacteria (ARBs) might be controllable in some soil types through the application of manure.
The series of studies was conducted by the Institute of Environment and Sustainable Development in Agriculture a the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
ARB was investigated in different soil types following manure application. Previous work indicated that manure application led to more antibiotic resistance genes in red soil compared with back soil and fluvo-aquic soil. As such, soil types were determined to be a factor worth investigating.
Results showed that manure control is an effective way to reduce the risk of soil ARB. For more on specific appropriate methods according to soil type, click here.