Last month saw first year MASS student Christopher Lanyon attend the 4th International Symposium on the Environmental Dimension of Antibiotic Resistance (EDAR 4) at Michigan State University. The conference is the largest gathering of experts on the interactions between antibiotic resistance and the environment, spanning four days of talks, roundtables, networking events and poster sessions.
Christopher presented two posters: one on work from his PhD entitled “AMR’s Next Top Model: Opportunities and Challenges when Modelling AMR in the Dairy Farm Environment”, which addressed the importance of including environmental factors when modelling complex agricultural systems. He also featured “From Pharm to Farm: Antibiotic distribution and fate to inform on antimicrobial resistance” (main author Rosa María Baena-Nogueras), an analysis of antibiotic occurrence in the Sutton Bonington slurry tank.
Research on antimicrobial resistance is predominantly focussed on clinical applications, as this presents the clearest (and most easily quantifiable) threat; this conference in Michigan’s capital emphasised the emergence of anthropogenic AMR in the environment and the unsustainability of our current food and drug production as well as wastewater management systems.
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