Researchers from a German institute have expanded knowledge about produce harboring antibiotic resistance genes that often escape traditional molecular detection methods.

These antibiotic resistance genes might evade cultivation-independent detection, but could still be transferred to human pathogens, according to a team from the Julius Kühn Institut.

Fresh fruits and vegetables are increasingly recognized as a source of pathogenic bacteria, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, and antibiotic resistance genes. The study in the journal mBio explored methods to characterize the transferable resistome – the collection of antibiotic resistance genes present in bacteria – associated with produce.

Mixed salad, arugula, and cilantro bought from supermarkets
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