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Environmental microbial communities living under very high antibiotic selection pressure

Chapter in book
Authors Anders Janzon
Erik Kristiansson
D. G. Joakim Larsson
Published in Antimicrobial Resistance in the Environment. Eds. Keen P. , Montforts MH, (in press. Dec 2011)
ISBN 978-0-470-90542-5
Publisher Wiley & Blackwell.
Publication year 2011
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Physiology
Department of Mathematical Sciences, Mathematical Statistics
Language en
Keywords microbial communities, and high antibiotic selection pressure; very high levels of antibiotics in environment, effects, consequences; anthropogenic antibiotics in microbial ecosystems, antibiotic resistance risk
Subject categories Medical and Health Sciences


This book explores the role that environmental distribution of antimicrobial resistance genes and antibiotics plays in ecosystem and human health. The text features a multi-disciplinary framework that connects microbiology, environmental toxicology, and chemistry to assess human and ecological risk associated with exposure to antibiotics or antibiotic resistance genes as environmental contaminants. It also considers alternate uses and functions for antimicrobial compounds other than those intended for medicinal purposes in humans, animals, and fish. Recognizing the connectivity between overlapping complex systems, the book discusses the subject from the perspective of an ecosystem approach.

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