USDA, NIFA invests over $5M to Mitigate AMR Across Food Chain.
The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have announced that over $5M will be invested into 9 different research programmes to focus on mitigating antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.
“Pathogen resistance to antimicrobials is a very complex problem, encompassing humane medicine, poultry and livestock health, and even plant crop production,” said acting NIFA Director DR. Dionne Toombs. “The Projects Supported through this investment will work to ensure a safe, nutritious and abundant food supply while conserving antimicrobial effectiveness.”
Carried out by various universities across America, the research projects will be in the form of risk assessments, Stewardship and antibiotic management, advancing the understanding of emerging resistant pathogens, and disease control using antimicrobial alternatives.
The research is being supported and carried out to aid the UDSAs overall goal in strengthening their efforts to protect the general public and fully address antimicrobial resistance.
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) currently have nine different projects being funded in 2022:
- AMR in small ruminant Argo systems.
- Deciphering the environmental sources and genetic basis of antifungal resistance aspergills fumigatus.
- Assessment of antibiotic resistance in fresh vegetables from farm to fork.
- Mitigating antimicrobial resistance in the male dairy calf production system.
- Reducing antimicrobial resistance dissemination in broiler chickens using phytochemicals.
- Improving antimicrobial resistance science communications education for veterinary students.
- Comrades connecting antimicrobial resistance, agricultural decision, and environmental systems.
- Promoting interprofessional one health education as a means of mitigating antimicrobial resistance across the food chain.
- Mitigating impacts of antibiotics application on the citrus plants by the use of native bacterial communities for sustainable agriculture.
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