Machine learning and metagenomics reveal shared antimicrobial resistance profiles across multiple chicken farms and abattoirs in China

  23 August 2023

China is the largest global consumer of antimicrobials and improving surveillance methods could help to reduce antimicrobial resistance (AMR) spread. Here we report the surveillance of ten large-scale chicken farms and four connected abattoirs in three Chinese provinces over 2.5 years. Using a data mining approach based on machine learning, we analysed 461 microbiomes from birds, carcasses and environments, identifying 145 potentially mobile antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) shared between chickens and environments across all farms. 

Further reading: Nature Food
Author(s): Michelle Baker, Xibin Zhang, Alexandre Maciel-Guerra, Yinping Dong, Wei Wang, Yujie Hu, David Renney, Yue Hu, Longhai Liu, Hui Li, Zhiqin Tong, Meimei Zhang, Yingzhi Geng, Li Zhao, Zhihui Hao, Nicola Senin, Junshi Chen, Zixin Peng, Fengqin Li & Tania Dottorini
Healthy Animals  


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