PLASMID-MEDIATED HEAVY METALS AND ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE AS A FACTOR IN MICROBIAL TRANSFORMATION IN THE ENVIRONMENT.

R. R. Colwell, T. Barkay, D. Allen

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Abstract

The incidence of bacterial resistance to several antibiotics commonly prescribed, including ampicillin, chloramphenicol, gentamycin, kanamycin, streptomycin and tetracycline, and paired combinations of these antibiotics, was surveyed in the Upper Chesapeake Bay and in offshore waters of the east coast of the United States. Water and sediment samples collected in areas receiving domestic and industrial wastes were found to contain greater numbers of antibiotic-resistant and metal-resistant bacteria than water and samples from unpolluted locations. Interestingly, populations of antibiotic-resistant bacteria did not exhibit a seasonal variation, although maximum numbers were frequently recovered during the spring months.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication Title
PublisherCEP Consultants Ltd
Pages675
Number of pages1
ISBN (Print)0905941071
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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