Understanding Antimicrobial Resistance Risks and Mitigation

Postdoctoral researcher to discuss antimicrobial resistance

October 7, 2022, 2:01 pm | Alena Whitaker

AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinar taking place Oct. 12 at noon CDT will feature a discussion of antimicrobial resistance and its relationship with agricultural production. The webinar will feature Laura Alt, a postdoctoral researcher at Iowa State University studying the impact of agricultural management practices on microbes in the environment.

Iowa Learning Farms is an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conservation and water quality education program.

Laura Alt.In the webinar, “From Rump to Runoff: The Transport of Antimicrobial Resistance in Agricultural Ecosystems,” Alt will discuss the characteristics of antimicrobial resistance as a pollutant, its relationship with agricultural production and methods researchers use to track antimicrobial resistance within the broader environment. She will highlight the results of three research projects that investigated the role prairie strips play in reducing the movement of antimicrobial resistant contaminants within agroecosystems. In addition, Alt will discuss the relationship between the movement of such contaminants and how they can affect public health.

Alt’s graduate research focused on characterizing and quantifying the effect that prairie strips may have on the fate and transport of pollutants moving with surface runoff and drainage water in agricultural watersheds.

“The transport of antimicrobial resistant contaminants into food and water chains is one of the world’s most urgent public health issues that links the health of humans, animals and the environment," said Alt. “Conservation practices such as prairie strips are proving to be viable tools to address these issues by intercepting and degrading manure-associated antibiotic resistance contaminants, thereby inhibiting loss to waterways with a relatively low risk for accumulation of these contaminants in the prairie strip soils.”

Participants in Iowa Learning Farms conservation webinars are encouraged to ask questions of the presenters. People from all backgrounds and areas of interest are encouraged to join.

Webinar Access Instructions  

To participate in the live webinar, shortly before noon CDT Oct. 12:

  • To join from a dial-in phone line, dial: +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 (Meeting ID: 364 284 172

Upcoming Webinars in the Series:

  • Oct. 19: Prashant Jha, Iowa State University
  • Oct. 26: Matt Nowatzke, Iowa State University
  • Nov. 2 Adam Schnieders, Iowa Department of Natural Resources
  • Nov.: John McMaine, South Dakota State University

Shareable photo: Laura Alt.

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