The overuse of antibiotics in the farming industry has profound public health implications. Of most concern are the proliferation of drug-resistant bacteria and the transfer of these bacteria from farm animals to humans. This year Denmark has made the landmark decision of banning antimicrobials as growth promoters in pigs. This decision reinforces several key actions in the 5th framework in 'finding antibiotic alternatives' and 'reducing their use in animal husbandry'. One option is the use of robotics or CE agents. We have recently discovered that bacterial spores are effective CE agents and can suppress the colonisation of an E. coil pathogen in poultry. Spores are remarkably robust and could be mixed with animal feed. We have assembled a group of three spore researchers and two commercial partners, coordinated by a leading Agricultural Research facility. We will determine how spores work as CE agents/robotics and commercially exploit them.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
TW20 0EX Egham,surrey