Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria and Resistance Genes in the Water-Food Nexus of the Agricultural Environment

Peiying Hong*

*Corresponding author for this work

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4 Scopus citations


Balancing food and water security is a key concern for many water-scarce countries. As these countries explore the feasibility of utilizing treated wastewater for agricultural irrigation, there is a need to assess the risks arising from antibiotic-resistant bacteria and resistance genes. This chapter serves to address concerns related to antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes that may prevail in agricultural settings due to the use of treated wastewater. The chapter aims to first detail existing methods that can be used to monitor antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes, and then discuss the potential impacts on soil, food safety, and public health. The chapter then introduces the use of quantitative microbial risk assessment as a tool to assess the risks, and the technological strategies that can be implemented to reduce the risks associated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAntimicrobial Resistance and Food Safety
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Techniques
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128013373
ISBN (Print)9780128012147
StatePublished - Apr 21 2015


  • Antibiotic resistance genes
  • Antibiotic-resistant bacteria
  • Reclaimed water
  • Treatment technologies
  • Water-food nexus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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