|Iowa State University researchers receive $1 million grant to study antimicrobial resistance in animal production
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at Iowa State University has received a nearly $1 million grant to study antimicrobial resistance in animal production systems. The three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will allow ISU researchers, along with personnel at USDA and Grinnell College, to advance the technological tools used to detect antimicrobial resistance and form strategies to slow its spread.
Antimicrobial resistance develops when harmful organisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi no longer respond to medications used to combat them. Antimicrobial resistance poses a growing threat to the health of both humans and animals, said Adina Howe, an assistant professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering
and the principal investigator on the grant.
“It’s a real global threat to public health,” Howe said. “Infections will persist and spread if the treatments we have stop working.”
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