The illustration shows bacteriophages attacking bacteria.

What’s old is new again in bacterial control

Bacteriophages are finding more uses in food processing, but not yet in internal medicine

Reading Time: 3 minutes A virus discovered a century ago could become a powerful weapon against disease and antimicrobial resistance in the livestock industry, according to an expert in the Canadian government. Why it matters: Bacteriophages could be an antidote to antimicrobial resistance, which is undercutting options for antibiotics at a time when global demand for meat is rising. […] Read more

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is investing over $294-thousand towards research into antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial monitoring project gets support

Reading Time: < 1 minute A project to monitor antimicrobial resistance in beef feedlots recently received funding. The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) welcomed the investment of up to $294,314 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to conduct new research on the “National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Ontario Feedlot Cattle”. “Collecting antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance […] Read more

Antimicrobial monitoring project gets support

Reading Time: < 1 minute A project to monitor antimicrobial resistance in beef feedlots recently received funding. The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) welcomed the investment of up to $294,314 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to conduct new research on the “National Surveillance of Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance in Ontario Feedlot Cattle”. “Collecting antimicrobial use (AMU) and antimicrobial resistance […] Read more

Ontario research has found that use of antimicrobial medications has decreased significantly over five years on a per pig basis.

Hog farmers continue to reduce antimicrobial use

Five-year study shows 57 per cent of participating farms decreased their antimicrobial use

Reading Time: 3 minutes An Ontario Pork Industry Council benchmarking study demonstrates that Ontario pork producers continue to lower antimicrobial use. The project, funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program, has been ongoing for five years, with surveys in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Why it matters: Antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance have become greater societal concerns, so being able […] Read more

Zone of inhibition produced by Streptomyces sp myrophorea on a lawn of MRSA. The bacteria is the brown spot, and the lighter colour around the spot shows that it is inhibiting the spread of the MRSA which is surrounding it.

Bacteria found in ancient Irish soil halts growth of superbugs

Science Notes: The discovery offers new hope for tackling antibiotic resistance

Reading Time: 2 minutes Researchers analyzing soil from Ireland long thought to have medicinal properties have discovered that it contains a previously unknown strain of bacteria effective against four of the top six superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, including MRSA. Antibiotic resistant superbugs could kill up to 1.3 million people in Europe by 2050, according to recent research. […] Read more


Global warfare between bacteria and fungi.

Understanding soil through its microbiome

Science Notes: More physical and social activity may partially explain the findings

Reading Time: 2 minutes Soil is full of life, essential for nutrient cycling and carbon storage. To better understand how it functions, an international research team led by EMBL and the University of Tartu (Estonia) conducted the first global study of bacteria and fungi in soil. Their results show that bacteria and fungi are in constant competition for nutrients […] Read more

EU backs plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance

Reading Time: < 1 minute Brussels | Reuters — EU member states backed a plan on Wednesday to combat antimicrobial resistance, an increasing global health issue, that would reduce the use of antibiotics in the food chain and limit certain drugs to humans. Antimicrobial resistance threatens the effectiveness of medicines such as antibiotics to treat infections in humans, as bacteria […] Read more

Farmers have relied on non-veterinarian sellers of antimicrobials. New regulations would restrict those type of purchases, other than from a pharmacy or a veterinarian.

Kicking the antimicrobial habit

Farmers have already lost ability to use antimicrobials for growth enhancement; tighter purchasing restrictions are next

Reading Time: 3 minutes Farmers worry new Health Canada regulations that require veterinary prescriptions for commonly used antimicrobials will affect the industry’s competitiveness. Why it matters: Resistance to antimicrobials continues to grow among diseases that harm humans. Limiting the amount of those antimicrobials used in animal agriculture has become a step to maintaining antimicrobials for human use. The use […] Read more


U.K. review calls for urgent cuts to antibiotic use in livestock

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters –– Massive use of antibiotics in farming poses a critical threat to global public health and should be reduced dramatically to an internationally-agreed target, according to a British government-commissioned review. Agreeing and implementing a global target for agricultural antibiotic use won’t be easy, the review, led by former Goldman Sachs chief economist […] Read more

Rules planned to rein in antibiotic use for livestock

Reading Time: 3 minutes Health Canada is making its first move on new regulations to limit livestock producers’ own-use imports of veterinary drugs, and to tighten veterinary oversight of medicated livestock feed and water. Proposed changes to the federal Food and Drug Regulations and Feeds Regulations, announced Friday, tie into Health Minister Rona Ambrose’s federal action plan on antimicrobial […] Read more