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Effect of tetracycline residues in pig manure slurry on tetracycline-resistant bacteria
and resistance gene tet(M) in soil microcosms
Agersø, Yvonne; Wulf, Gitte; Bräuner, Elvira; Halling-Sørensen, Bent; Jensen, Lars
Published in:Environment International Document VersionEarly version, also known as pre-print Citation for published version (APA):Agersø, Y., Wulf, G., Bräuner, E., Halling-Sørensen, B., & Jensen, L. (2006). Effect of tetracycline residues inpig manure slurry on tetracycline-resistant bacteria and resistance gene tet(M) in soil microcosms. EnvironmentInternational, 32, 876-882.
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Downloaded from on: October 08, 2016 Environment International 32 (2006) 876 – 882 Effect of tetracycline residues in pig manure slurry on tetracycline-resistant bacteria and resistance gene tet(M) in soil microcosms Yvonne Agersø a,⁎, Gitte Wulff a, Elvira Vaclavik b, Bent Halling-Sørensen b, Lars Bogø Jensen a a Danish Institute for Food and Veterinary Research, Bülowsvej 27, 1790 Copenhagen V, Denmark b Section of Environmental Chemistry, Department of Analytical Chemistry, The Danish University of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universitetsparken 2, 2200 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark Received 11 October 2005; accepted 17 May 2006 Available online 30 June 2006 Effects of tetracycline residues from pig manure slurry on the prevalence of tetracycline-resistant bacteria and the tetracycline resistance gene, tet(M), were studied in soil microcosms. Four types of soil microcosms were established for a period of 152 days, supplemented withcombinations of pig manure slurry and a tetracycline-resistant Enterococcus faecalis, CG110, containing the tetracycline resistance gene tet(M)(on the conjugative transposon, Tn916). The prevalence of both tetracycline-resistant aerobic bacteria and tetracycline-resistant enterococcideclined rapidly until day 45 where no significant differences in the levels of tetracycline-resistant bacteria in any of the four types of microcosmscould be detected. tet(M) could be detected in microcosms supplemented with either pig manure slurry and/or E. faecalis CG110 (tet(M)) for thewhole period (152 days). tet(M) could be detected longer than tetracycline-resistant enterococci could be isolated (limit of detection 100 CFU/gsoil) probably due to viable but not culturable (VBNC) bacteria with tet(M), horizontal gene transfer of tet(M) to indigenous soil bacteria orpresence of "free" DNA. The concentration of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline were almost stable through out the experimental period, butthe tetracycline concentrations had no effect on prevalence of tetracycline-resistant bacteria. The presented microcosm approach simulated naturalfarmland conditions well and supported results from previous field studies.
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Keywords: Soil; Pig manure slurry; Tetracycline; Resistance; tet(M) with 20,000–30,000 l/ha of slurry per year In studies by manure from The use of tetracyclines in Danish food animal production calves treated with oxytetracycline contained detectable has increased in recent years due to discontinuation of the use of amounts (820 μg/kg) after 5 months of maturation and growth promoters in Denmark. Tetracyclines are counting for oxytetracycline was detected in manured soil, but could not 26% (29,500 kg active compound in 2004) of the total be detected in water courses ( antimicrobial consumption and are the most common used found that tetracycline and chlortetra- antimicrobial agents in the Danish food animal production cycline could be measured in soil treated with liquid manure at (Tetracyclines are used for therapeutic soil depths down to 30 cm. They concluded that tetracycline and treatment, especially against infections in pigs where the drugs chlortetracycline persisted and accumulated in soil and may are administrated orally. Tetracyclines are excreted as active pose a risk to the environment ( compounds via faeces and urine and can be detected in slurry investigated the fate of chlortetracycline in a field study and could detect the compound for the whole Tetracyclines enter the soil environment primarily via slurry experimental period of 5 months, while used as fertiliser; a typical Danish agricultural field is treated could not detect the presence of tetracycline 1 year aftertreatment with pig manure slurry.
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Y. Agersø et al. / Environment International 32 (2006) 876–882 that may survive in the soil or transfer resistance genes The soil was collected from a field on Zealand (owned by The Royal horizontally to indigenous soil bacteria ( Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark) with no history of manureamendment. The soil characteristics were pH-H 2O, 7.5; organic matter, 1.4% (w/ w); clay, 12.2% (w/w); silt, 12.8% (w/w); fine sand, 32.4% (w/w); coarse sand, study has shown that the presence of pig manure slurry in a field 30.7% (w/w). The water content of the soil was determined to 11% (w/w). The study created a hot-spot for conjugal transfer caused by soil was collected 7 days prior to the start of the microcosm experiment, passed increased availability of nutrition from manure twice through a 4 mm sieve and stored in a sealed container refrigerated in the The conjugation and mobilisation rate of dark to maintain its natural moisture content.
plasmids increased more than 10-fold ( 2.3. Set up of microcosms reported that the greater part ofantimicrobial-resistant bacteria spread with pig manure slurry An experimental approach as close as possible to the natural Danish field only survived a limited time, but that the amount of pig manure conditions, from the time of spread of slurry (May) and 5 months ahead slurry spread on the soil might have an effect on the occurrence concerning the light, temperature and amount of slurry was established (see of tetracycline resistance. The tetracycline resistance gene tet (M) confer resistance to several tetracyclines including: Four different kind of microcosms were set up in triplicates consisting of: type A: soil added 0.9% sterile NaCl, type B: soil added pig manure slurry, type oxytetracycline, chlortetracycline and minocycline C: soil added E. faecalis CG110 suspended in 0.9% sterile NaCl, type D: soil found that the tetracycline added E. faecalis CG110 suspended in pig manure slurry.
resistance gene, tet(M), was most probably spread with manure Microcosms of 100 g were prepared in cylindrical transparent plastic and was present in a higher frequency in manured soil compared containers (diameter: 8.5 cm, height: 8 cm, surface area: 37 cm2) allowing light with non-manured soil. Furthermore, tet(M) present on a influence. A load of 19,000 l slurry/ha was simulated resulting in a load of 7 mlof slurry to each microcosm or sterile 0.9% NaCl for control.
Tn916-like conjugative transposon was found in indigenous For microcosms, types C and D E. faecalis CG110 were grown in Luria soil bacteria belonging to the Bacillus cereus group isolated Bertani (LB) medium supplemented with tetracycline from manure and manured farmland soil ( 8 μg/ml and incubated over night at 37 °C, shaking (120 rpm). 1 ml of overnight Indigenous soil bacteria isolated from groundwater underlying culture was added to 100 ml of fresh medium and grown to an OD600 = 0.7. Cells swine production facilities harboured tet(M) genes, which were of 120 ml culture was washed twice in 0.9% saline and resuspended in 4.5 ml0.9% saline. Two ml of this suspension was added to 160 ml filtered slurry or identical to those found in the pig manure lagoons ( saline to a concentration of 1.6 × 108 CFU/ml. 7 ml was added per microcosm to a final concentration of 1.1 × 107 CFU E. faecalis CG110/g soil.
The aim of this study was to investigate whether All microcosms contained 100 g of soil and 7 ml of liquid (saline or tetracycline residues in pig manure slurry selects for manure). The microcosms were mixed with a sterile wooden spoon, closed tetracycline-resistant bacteria and tetracycline resistance with a tight lid and incubated. The next day a needle was used to make a tinywhole in the lid allowing air change. Once a week, the microcosms were aired, genes in controlled microcosms experiments simulating weighed and sterile water was added if necessary to obtain stable water content farmland soil fertilized with pig manure slurry. Furthermore, of 18% w/w (approx. once a month).
the degradation of the added tetracyclines during the The microcosms were incubated in a type KBWF incubator (WTB Binder, experimental period was followed. In the experiment, we Germany) simulating the weather condition on a Danish farm field from May to used both oxytetracycline and chlortetracycline as model September according to day/night temperatures set as 12 h/12 h cycles given asaverage temperatures for the respective months ), see compounds. The tetracycline residues present in the micro- Light conditions were set as 12 h/12 h light/dark cycles. The incubator cosms originated from pig manure slurry due to therapeutic malfunctioned from day 106 to day 118, resulting in a temperature at approx.
treatment of the pigs. Therefore, the used concentrations of 24 °C in this period.
tetracyclines where similar to the actual concentration oftetracyclines in manured farmland soil.
2.4. Harvesting of microcosms Triplicate samples for each of the four types of soil microcosms were 2. Materials and methods harvested at days 0, 3, 7, 45, 90 and 152. Samples were transferred to sterileplastic bags and homogenised manually by hand. Ten grams from each bag was 2.1. Bacterial strains used immediately for recovery of bacteria. A 1.5 ml Eppendorf tube filled with Enterococcus faecalis, CG110, is a tetracycline-resistant bacteria that contains tet(M) on the transposon Tn916 present in one copy at the chromosome Conditions for incubation of microcosms Days for actual run (day (light)/night (dark)) 2.2. Data on farm and collection of pig manure slurry and soil Pig manure slurry was collected from a manure slurry tank at a farm on Zealand, Denmark. The number of animals at the farm was approx. 95 sows, 15 hogs, 750 weaners and 470 slaughter pigs. The consumption of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline in the 2-month period, where slurry was collected in thetank, was approx. 145 g and 50 g, respectively. The tank volume when manure Temperature and light follows a 12:12 h cycle. The temperatures were the slurry was collected was 380 m3. The predicted maximum concentrations in the average temperatures in Denmark for the actual month in 2000, given by the slurry tank of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline were calculated to 379 μg/ Danish Meteorological Institute.
l and 147 μg/l, respectively. The collected manure was stored at 5 °C over night.
a The incubator malfunctioned from day 106 to day 118, resulting in a The manure was filtered through a layer of gauze, to remove larger particles.
temperature at approx. 24 °C in this period.
Y. Agersø et al. / Environment International 32 (2006) 876–882 sample was stored at −20 °C for direct detection of the tet(M) gene. The remains platform-based procession. The detection limit of chlortetracycline and of the sample (approx. 90 g of soil) was kept at −20 °C in the plastic bag and oxytetracycline was 0.6 μg/kg and 1.9 μg/kg, respectively ( saved for chemical analysis of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline.
2.5. Recovery of bacteria from microcosm samples Bacteria from 10 g of soil sample (wet weight) were recovered after adding 3.1. Recovery of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline from soil 90 ml of saline and subsequently shaking in a water bath at 125 rpm and 25 °C for 1 h. The flask was left for 15 min allowing soil particles to settle. Onehundred microlitres of serial 10-fold dilution were plated on selective agar Each microcosm (100 g) of types B and D was added 7 ml pig plates: LB for recovery of total aerobic culturable bacteria, LB supplemented manure slurry containing 2.65 μg chlortetracycline and 1.03 μg with 8 μg/ml of tetracycline for recovery of aerobic culturable tetracycline- oxytetracycline, which resulted in a calculated soil maximum resistant bacteria; Slanetz (Merck, Darmstadt) for recovery of enterococci andSlanetz supplemented with 8 μg/ml of tetracycline for recovery of tetracycline- concentration of 24.8 μg/kg of chlortetracycline and 9.62 μg/kg of oxytetracycline. The initial (day 0) measured chlortetracycline and The LB agar plates with and without tetracycline added were incubated at oxytetracycline concentration levels in soil treated with pig manure 25 °C for 2 days. Colony forming units (CFU) were counted as described by slurry were 12.8 ± 1.35 μg/kg and 3.24 ± 1.65 μg/kg. The initial The Slanetz agar plates with and without tetracycline recovery in soil of the calculated maximum concentration was, were incubated overnight at 37 °C and enterococci were counted as violet therefore, 52% and 34% of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline colonies. CFU/g soil was calculated for all microcosms at days 0, 3, 7, 45, 90 originating from the manure slurry, respectively.
and 152 as the average of three samples. The detection limit of bacteria was No chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline was detected in micro- 100 CFU/g soil.
cosms of types A and C, where no pig manure slurry was added (LOD The data is presented as the fraction of resistant bacteria, which is the 1 μg/kg). In microcosms with pig manure slurry added (types B and D), average of the ratio (tetracycline-resistant aerobic counts of bacteria to the totalaerobic counts of bacteria culturable on LB medium) of triplicates (X chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline could be measured in all samples, except for one sample, harvested at day 152 from type B microcosms 1total + X2TcR/X2total + X3TcR/X3total) / 3 = (TcR / total) in (soil with pig manure slurry) where oxytetracycline concentration was 2.6. Direct detection of tet(M) gene below the level of detection. Results are presented in .
The maximum concentrations of chlortetracycline were measured at The tet(M) gene was detected directly by PCR as previously described day 45 in both microcosms where pig manure slurry was added (B and (DNA extraction of soil samples was performed by use of D), highest in type D microcosms (with slurry and E. faecalis, CG110 UltraClean Soil DNA Isolation kit #12800-100 (MObio Laboratories, USA). An added) (20.2 μg/kg). Chlortetracycline in type D microcosm showed a amount of 250 mg of soil was used. The DNA was extracted as described by the 14% decrease in the recovery of chlortetracycline from day 45 to day manufactures, by use of a beet-beater (Model 3-15-1301, Howard Industries, 152. The concentration levels in soil of oxytetracycline remained fairly Illinois, USA) at full speed for 3 min. DNA extractions were stored at −20 °C.
constant during the whole period of 152 days.
For PCR and dot-blot, a pure culture of B. cereus group, R89, containing thegene tet(M) was used as positive control ). For negative 3.2. Levels of tetracycline-resistant bacteria controls, sterile DNA free soil (farmland soil radiated with 25 kGrey) and sterile0.9% saline was used.
For each sample 2 μl of undiluted and 10 times diluted DNA was used as Observed levels of tetracycline resistance in the four types of template for a tet(M) specific PCR using primers tetM-1 (5′-GTTAAA- microcosms are shown in CFU counts of both tetracycline- TAGTGTTCTTGGAG-3′) and tetM-up (5′-CTGGCAAACAGGTTC-3′). A resistant aerobic bacteria and total aerobic bacteria are presented in volume of 20 μl PCR product was boiled for 10 min and added to a Hybond-N + membrane using the S&S Minifold I Dot-Blot System (Schleicher and Schuell,Dassel, Germany) following the guidelines given by the manufactures aspreviously described (). The dot-blot was hybridised anddeveloped as previously described (A sample was positiveif either the undiluted or the diluted sample was positive. Detection limit orapprox. concentration of tet(M) for 10 times diluted DNA was as follows: If bothPCR and dot-blot were negative (< 103–104 tet(M) copies/gram of soil), onlydot-blot was positive (103–104 tet(M) copies/g soil), PCR was weakly positiveand dot-blot was positive (104–105 tet(M) copies/g soil), and PCR and dot-blotwere strongly positive (> 104–105 tet(M) copies/g soil) 2.7. Measurement of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline concentra-tions by use of HPLC-MS-MS Subsamples (10 g of soil) from each of the microcosms were extracted, pre- concentrated and analysed by use of HPLC-MS-MS as previously described(The samples were analysed by combining the HPLCsystem (Agilent 1100 series, Agilent Technologies, Palo Alto, CA, USA), withan MS-MS system (Sciex API 3000 triple quadropole detector, AppliedBiosystems Foster City, CA, USA) as described by .
The HPLC system was equipped with a degasser, a cooled autosampler Fig. 1. Concentration levels (μg/kg soil) of chlortetracycline (Ctc) and (4 °C) and a cooled column oven (13 °C). The MS-MS system was equipped oxytetracycline (Otc) over time in microcosms with pig manure slurry with an ESI source (Turbo Ionspray). Collection and treatment of data was amendment. Type B: soil with pig manure slurry; type D: soil with pig manure performed using Analyst software (Applied Biosystems) in Windows NT slurry and CG110.
Y. Agersø et al. / Environment International 32 (2006) 876–882 CFU counts of enterococci were determined in all four types ofmicrocosms at day 90 and day 152. In microcosms where E. faecalis(CG110) was added (types A and B), enterococci were in additiondetermined at day 45.
No tetracycline-resistant enterococci were detected in type A soil microcosms. In types B, C and D, tetracycline-resistant enterococciwere measured at day 0 to 591 ± 64 CFU/g soil, 1.72 × 106 ±8.01 × 105 CFU/g soil and 2.64 × 106 ± 7.31 × 105 CFU/g soil, respec-tively. At day 3, the number of culturable tetracycline-resistantenterococci had decreased in types C and D microcosms to1.37 × 106 ± 7.07 × 103 CFU/g soil and 1.71 × 106 ± 9.73 × 105 CFU/gsoil, respectively. At day 45 and day 152 (for types C and D), notetracycline-resistant enterococci were detected in any of the micro-cosms (LOD = 102 CFU/g soil). Neither was any enterococci detectedin microcosms where total counts of enterococci were determined(LOD = 102 CFU/g soil).
Fig. 2. Observed levels of tetracycline resistance in the four types ofmicrocosms. The data is presented as the fraction of resistant bacteria, which 3.4. Direct detection of tetracycline resistance gene tet(M) is the ratio of tetracycline-resistant, aerobic counts (colony forming units (CFU)/g soil) of bacteria to the total aerobic counts of bacteria culturable on LB All four types of microcosms were examined for the presence of the medium at 25 °C. Type A: soil; type B: soil with pig manure slurry; type C: soil tetracycline resistance gene tet(M) by extraction of total community with CG110; type D: soil with pig manure slurry and CG110.
DNA from the samples followed by tet(M) specific PCR and dot-blotassays. Results are presented in In all samples except for one, tet A statistical analysis using the Student's t-test showed that types A (M) was only detected after dilution of the DNA 10 times. Samples and B (soil without and with pig manure slurry) were significantly were taken in triplicates and were measured twice.
different (p value < 0.05) at day 0 and day 7, but at days 45, 90 and 152 tet(M) could not be detected in any type A soil microcosms, but was no significant differences were observed between these two type of found in the microcosms types B, C and D where either manure or E.
microcosms: type A microcosms (soil) day 0 to days 7, 45, 90 and 152, faecalis, CG110 were added to the soil. In microcosms supplemented day 7 to day 45, day 90 to day 152; and type B (soil with pig manure with E. faecalis CG110 (types C and D), the highest level of tet(M) slurry) day 90 to day 152 were compared, but no significantly genes were detected at day 0 and day 3. At least two out of three differences were observed. Neither were significant differences samples were positive already after the PCR step (> 104–105 tet(M) observed between types C and D (soil + E. faecalis without and with copies/g soil). At day 45, the level had decreased 10-fold being weakly pig manure slurry) at days 0, 3, 45, 90 and 152, respectively.
positive after the PCR step (104–105 tet(M) copies/g soil). At days 90and 152, the samples were only positive when dot-blot was used (103– 3.3. Survival of tetracycline-resistant E. faecalis, CG110 104 tet(M) copies/g soil) and one sample at day 152 was negative(< 103–104 tet(M) copies/g soil). The microcosms with pig manure Tetracycline-resistant enterococci were determined in all four types slurry added (B) was positive using dot-blot (103–104 tet(M) copies/g of microcosms (A, B, C and D) at day 0 and day 45. In microcosms soil) for two out of three samples at day 0. At day 3 and day 7, an where E. faecalis (CG110) was added (C and D), tetracycline-resistant increase was observed and, at day 45, the level of tet(M) was still enterococci were in addition determined at day 3 and day 152. Total higher than in types C and D microcosms, but at days 90 and 152 no Table 2Prevalence of aerobic and tetracycline-resistant (TcR) aerobic bacteria in the four types of microcosms over time Type A: soilTcR bacteria (6.2 ± 2.3) × 103 (4.1 ± 0.63) × 103 (1.8 ± 1.0) × 103 (1.7 ± 0.37) × 103 (2.9 ± 1.2) × 103 Total no. of bacteria (8.1 ± 1.2) × 105 (7.7 ± 2.5) × 105 (2.1 ± 0.24) × 105 (1.6 ± 0.28) × 105 (2.0 ± 1.2) × 105 Type B: soil with slurryTcR bacteria (8.8 ± 2.1) × 104 (1.2 ± 0.49) × 105 (1.7 ± 2.0) × 104 (2.7 ± 2.6) × 103 (6.6 ± 2.9) × 103 Total no. of bacteria (1.1 ± 0.38) × 106 (6.9 ± 5.0) × 106 (7.5 ± 3.9) × 105 (3.9 ± 1.4) × 105 (5.2 ± 3.3) × 105 Type C: soil + E. faecalis (CG110)TcR bacteria (1.7 ± 0.83) × 106 (1.6 ± 0.19) × 106 (6.1 ± 3.1) × 103 (2.0 ± 0.86) × 103 (1.9 ± 0.57) × 103 Total no. of bacteria (1.2 ± 1.5) × 107 (3.1 ± 3.0) × 107 (2.4 ± 0.98) × 105 (3.2 ± 0.89) × 105 (1.6 ± 0.81) × 105 Type D: soil + slurry and E. faecalis (CG110)TcR bacteria (3.2 ± 1.8) × 106 (1.8 ± 1.1) × 106 (3.5 ± 2.6) × 104 (2.0 ± 0.46) × 103 (1.6 ± 0.92) × 103 Total no. of bacteria (1.1 ± 0.68) × 107 (7.1 ± 3.8) × 106 (1.3 ± 0.72) × 106 (2.6 ± 0.78) × 105 (5.8 ± 2.0) × 105 Given as colony forming units (CFU)/g soil on LB media with and without 8 μg/ml of tetracycline, respectively.

Y. Agersø et al. / Environment International 32 (2006) 876–882 Fig. 3. Detection of the tetracycline resistance gene tet(M) in the four types of microcosms over time. Type A: soil; B: soil with pig slurry; C: soil with E. faecalis(CG110); and D: soil with pig slurry and E. faecalis (CG110). Abbreviations: ND, not detected; negative, both PCR and dot-blot were negative (< 103–104 tet(M)copies/g soil); dot-blot positive, only dot-blot was positive (103–104 tet(M) copies/g soil); weak PCR positive, weakly positive by PCR and positive by dot-blot (104–105 tet(M) copies/g soil); PCR positive, strongly positive by PCR and dot-blot (> 104–105 tet(M) copies/g soil).
notable differences between types B, C and D microcosms were One explanation for the slow degradation of tetracyclines could be due to strong binding of tetracyclines to soil particleshereby enabling tetracyclines to persist for a considerable time in the soil environment. Results obtained here might suggest agradual build up of concentrations of tetracyclines in soil matrix Microcosms are experimental approaches where several by continuous fertilising with manure.
variable parameters can be controlled, but where the experi- Pig manure slurry contains high amounts of antimicrobial- mental set up closely mimics natural field conditions. They are resistant bacteria ). Addition of pig routinely used to support for example observations from other manure slurry to the microcosms increased the levels of studies performed on farmland soils. The present microcosm tetracycline-resistant bacteria significantly at day 0 and day 7, experiments were set up to simulate the conditions on Danish but after day 45 no significant differences were observed when farmland from May to September. The study showed that microcosms types A and B were compared. This confirms that increased prevalence of aerobic tetracycline-resistant bacteria addition of pig manure slurry to farmland soil only has a from pig manure slurry could be detected up to 45 days in temporary effect on the prevalence of resistant bacteria probably microcosms with pig manure slurry added compared with non- due to limited survival of bacteria present in slurry on farm manured soil. This is in accordance with observations from fields. Field studies described by previous field studies ().
identified significant differences in levels of tetracycline The consumption of chlortetracycline and oxytetracycline resistance up to 45 days after spread of pig manure slurry on for therapeutic treatment of infections in the period where pig manure slurry was collected was approx. 145 g and 50 g, The microcosms CFU of tetracycline-resistant aerobic respectively. A considerably amount of the chlortetracycline bacteria and aerobic bacteria in type B microcosms were and oxytetracycline could be recovered from the soil, 52% and highest at day 7, indicating bacterial growth as a result of adding 30%, respectively. Previous publications confirmed this obser- nutrition present in the pig slurry to the soil. vation of detectable amounts of tetracyclines in pig and calf showed that manure also had an effect on horizontal gene transfer on farmland, so the increase in tetracycline- concentrations in soil were stable over the whole period of resistant bacteria could be a result of growth or horizontal gene 152 days except for the concentration of chlortetracycline transfer of tetracycline-resistant genes to the indigenous soil measured in type D microcosms, where a minor decrease (14%) bacterial flora.
was observed. This suggests that these compounds persist or The continuous presence of tetracyclines throughout the degrade very slowly in soil. Farmland studies also found experiment did not have any effect on the persistence of tetracyclines to persist in a period of five months tetracycline-resistant bacteria. Whether chlortetracycline or ), but had disappeared after one year oxytetracycline were present in bioavailable concentrations (). These experiments could not determine was not investigated in this study, but the presence of whether the final vanishing of tetracycline were more due to tetracyclines had previously been shown to increase horizontal washing out than to degradation of the compounds gene transfer of tetracycline resistance genes such as tet(M) and tet(Q), even when present in very low concentrations here could indicate that washing out could be the reason for ). Horizontal gene disappearing of tetracyclines rather than degradation in soils.
transfer was not detected in this study but a previous field study Y. Agersø et al. / Environment International 32 (2006) 876–882 indicated transfer of tet(M) residing on Tn916-like transposons host, here the E. faecalis, CG110. This indicates that, even to the indigenous soil bacterial flora ).
though intestinal bacteria can only be isolated in a limited Increased prevalence of tet(M) was detected in microcosms period, resistance genes originating from these bacteria can be added manure (type B) indicating growth or transfer of tet(M) as identified for an extended period suggesting a resistance gene a result of increased nutrition and/or low concentrations of reservoir that are not detected by conventional microbiological tests. Clearly, more studies on the fate of resistance genes in the The survival of the tetracycline-resistant E. faecalis, CG110 environment are needed.
(tet(M)), determined by CFU counts was not affected by theaddition of pig manure slurry to the microcosms, since no significant differences in CFU of tetracycline-resistant entero-cocci were observed in microcosms with and without pig This study was funded by grants from the Danish manure slurry (types C and D). A decrease in presence of tet(M) Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council (no. 23-00- over time was observed in both types C and D microcosms, 0279 and no. 23-02-0169) and from the Danish Directorate for indicating that the presence of pig manure slurry had little or no Food, Fishery and Agricultural Business (project no. 3401-65- effect on the persistence of tet(M) from E. faecalis CG110. Even 03-45). Furthermore, we would like to acknowledge Hanne though the numbers of enterococci detected in types C and D Nørgaard Nielsen and Anette Nielsen for excellent technical microcosms at day 0 were considerably higher (around assistance. Part of this work was presented at the 2nd 106 CFU/g soil) than in type B microcosms (6 × 102 CFU/g International ASM-FEMs Conference on Enterococci, 2005.
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