Patricia L. Keen,Mark H. M. M. Montforts
John Wiley & Sons
Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment by Patricia L. Keen,Mark H. M. M. Montforts Summary
Examines effects of the environmental distribution ofantimicrobial resistance genes on human health and theecosystem Resistance genes are everywhere in nature—in pathogens,commensals, and environmental microorganisms. This contributed workshows how the environment plays a pivotal role in the developmentof antimicrobial resistance traits in bacteria and the distributionof resistant microbial species, resistant genetic material, andantibiotic compounds. Readers will discover the impact of thedistribution in the environment of antimicrobial resistance genesand antibiotics on both the ecosystem and human and animalhealth. Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment is divided into fourparts: Part I, Sources, including ecological and clinical consequencesof antibiotic resistance by environmental microbes Part II, Fate, including strategies to assess and minimize thebiological risk of antibiotic resistance in the environment Part III, Antimicrobial Substances and Resistance, includingantibiotics in the aquatic environment Part IV, Effects and Risks, including the effect ofantimicrobials used for non-human purposes on human health Recognizing the intricate links among overlapping complexsystems, this book examines antimicrobial resistance using acomprehensive ecosystem approach. Moreover, the book'smultidisciplinary framework applies principles of microbiology,environmental toxicology, and chemistry to assess the human andecological risks associated with exposure to antibiotics orantibiotic resistance genes that are environmentalcontaminants. Each chapter has been written by one or more leading researchersin such fields as microbiology, environmental science, ecology, andtoxicology. Comprehensive reference lists at the end of allchapters serve as a gateway to the primary research in thefield. Presenting and analyzing the latest findings in a field ofgrowing importance to human and environmental health, this textoffers readers new insights into the role of the environment inantimicrobial resistance development, the dissemination ofantimicrobial resistant genetic elements, and the transport ofantibiotic resistance genes and antibiotics.