Welcome to the Antimicrobial Resistance Project Website!
Antimicrobial resistance plays a vital role in the evolution and spread disease causing microorganisms. Previous reports have suggested that the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance is a direct result of antibiotic misuse in human and veterinary medicine, although this remains controversial. Our research suggests that the occurrence of antibiotic resistance in food animals is not only a result of antibiotic use on farms. In fact, antibiotic resistant microorganisms are shed in high numbers from animals not previously exposed to antibiotics. The goal of this project is to dissect the mechanisms through which food producing animals become colonized by antimicrobial resistant microorganisms in the environment. We hope that, through this research, we can develop on-farm prevention strategies our cattlemen and producers can use to reduce the prevalence of antimicrobial resistance in their herds that will allow them to provide healthier animals that will be safe for consumption. This research is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) grant for a total of $2.2 million over 3 years for mitigation of antimicrobial resistance. This site will serve as a source of information for producers, cattlemen and stakeholders who will benefit from this project. Check back often for updates!