Antimicrobial-specific response from resistance gene carriers studied in a natural, highly diverse microbiome

  29 January 2021

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major threat to public health. Microorganisms equipped with AMR genes are suggested to have partially emerged from natural habitats; however, this hypothesis remains inconclusive so far. To understand the consequences of the introduction of exogenic antimicrobials into natural environments, we exposed lichen thalli of Peltigera polydactylon, which represent defined, highly diverse miniature ecosystems, to clinical (colistin, tetracycline), and non-clinical (glyphosate, alkylpyrazine) antimicrobials. We studied microbiome responses by analysing DNA- and RNA-based amplicon libraries and metagenomic datasets.

 

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Author(s): Wisnu Adi Wicaksono, Peter Kusstatscher, Sabine Erschen, Tamara Reisenhofer-Graber, Martin Grube, Tomislav Cernava & Gabriele Berg
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