This chapter outlines common types of treated and untreated wastewaters and biosolids from agricultural food animal production and compares the use and definition of the term antibiotic resistance in clinical and environmental settings. It summarizes research results related to antibiotic resistance in agricultural wastewaters and biosolids. The chapter discusses emerging strategies for managing agricultural wastewaters, including on-site treatment methods similar to human wastewater treatment plants. Antibiotic resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARB/Gs) are ubiquitous in soil and water regardless of whether or not antibiotic drugs have been used for human or animal care in the immediate vicinity. Agricultural wastewater is any wastewater that is produced during agricultural activities that has been in contact with livestock manure, mortalities, or other nutrient sources. Antibiotic resistance (AR) is a broad term, used specifically by clinicians to refer to infectious disease treatment failure.
- Antibiotic resistance genes
- Antibiotic resistant bacteria
- Livestock manure
- On-site agricultural wastewater treatment methods
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)