Long-term application of Swedish sewage sludge on farmland does not cause clear changes in the soil bacterial resistome

  25 February 2020

Taken together, the current study does not indicate risks of sludge amendment related to antibiotic resistance development under the given conditions. Extrapolations should however be done with care as sludge quality and application practices vary between regions. Hence, the antibiotic concentrations and resistance load of the sludge are likely to be higher in regions with larger antibiotic consumption and resistance burden than Sweden.

 

Further reading: Environment International
Author(s): lCarolin Rutgersson, Stefan Ebmeyer, Simon Bo Lassen, Antti Karkmana, Jerker Fick, Erik Kristiansson, Kristian K.Brandt, Carl-Fredrik Flach, D.G. Joakim Larsson
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