Resistance to last-ditch antibiotic has spread farther than anticipated

Eighteen months ago, a gene that confers resistance to colistin — known as an ‘antibiotic of last resort’ — emerged in bacteria from pigs in China. Since then, the resistance gene, called mcr-1, has been found around the world at an alarming rate, according to several presentations at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, last week.

In some places, nearly 100% of farm animals carry mcr-1, and an increasing number of people do as well. The gene’s spread is one of the clearest examples of how antibiotic use on farms can lead to resistance in human infections, says Lance Price, an antibiotic researcher at George Washington University in Washington

 

 

https://www.nature.com/news/resistance-to-last-ditch-antibiotic-has-spread-farther-than-anticipated-1.22140

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Roy opens doors for WA agribusiness

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Roy duncanson is the force behind the Agribusiness Council of Australia.

AGRIBUSINESS is often defined as the movement of products from “paddock to plate”, so it is perhaps fitting that the force behind the Agribusiness Council of Australia (ACA) Roy Duncanson has had experience in all aspects of that………

http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/roy-opens-doors-for-wa-agribusiness/2755232.aspx

CNFA’s model of supporting agribusinesses gains government attention | Devex

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, CNFA, recently marked a decade of working on agricultural development in Georgia, largely through supporting agribusinesses as a vehicle for improved rural employment and income generation. Devex spoke with Bauka Namicheishvili, chief of party of the REAP program, to learn more about the model.

Source: CNFA’s model of supporting agribusinesses gains government attention | Devex