Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance Gene Abundance and Microbiota Composition in Feces of Organic and Conventional Pigs from Four EU Countries

Lenka Gerzova, Vladimir Babak, Karel Sedlar, Marcela Faldynova, Petra Videnska, Darina Cejkova, Annette Nygaard Jensen, Martine Denis, Annaelle Kerouanton, Antonia Ricci, Veronica Cibin, Julia Österberg, Ivan Rychlik, Willem van Schaik (Editor)

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Abstract

One of the recent trends in animal production is the revival of interest in organic farming. The increased consumer interest in organic animal farming is mainly due to concerns about animal welfare and the use of antibiotics in conventional farming. On the other hand, providing animals with a more natural lifestyle implies their increased exposure to environmental sources of different microorganisms including pathogens. To address these concerns, we determined the abundance of antibiotic resistance and diversity within fecal microbiota in pigs kept under conventional and organic farming systems in Sweden, Denmark, France and Italy. The abundance of sul1, sul2, strA, tet(A), tet(B) and cat antibiotic resistance genes was determined in 468 samples by real-time PCR and the fecal microbiota diversity was characterized in 48 selected samples by pyrosequencing of V3/V4 regions of 16S rRNA. Contrary to our expectations, there were no extensive differences between the abundance of tested antibiotic resistance genes in microbiota originating from organic or conventionally housed pigs within individual countries. There were also no differences in the microbiota composition of organic and conventional pigs. The only significant difference was the difference in the abundance of antibiotic resistance genes in the samples from different countries. Fecal microbiota in the samples originating from southern European countries (Italy, France) exhibited significantly higher antibiotic resistance gene abundance than those from northern parts of Europe (Denmark, Sweden). Therefore, the geographical location of the herd influenced the antibiotic resistance in the fecal microbiota more than farm's status as organic or conventional.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0132892
JournalP L o S One
Volume10
Issue number7
Number of pages10
ISSN1932-6203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Gerzova, L., Babak, V., Sedlar, K., Faldynova, M., Videnska, P., Cejkova, D., Jensen, A. N., Denis, M., Kerouanton, A., Ricci, A., Cibin, V., Österberg, J., Rychlik, I., & van Schaik, W. (Ed.) (2015). Characterization of Antibiotic Resistance Gene Abundance and Microbiota Composition in Feces of Organic and Conventional Pigs from Four EU Countries. P L o S One, 10(7), [e0132892]. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0132892