Whole genome sequencing of avian pathogenic Escherichia coli in commercial Australian poultry

This project uses whole genome sequencing of avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) to demonstrate that Australian APEC carry few antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes in comparison with overseas APEC.

Lead organisation(s):

AusGEM (Partnership between University of Technology and NSW Department of Primary Industries).

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Avian pathogenic E. coli (APEC) is a cause of poultry mortality and disease and poses a major economic threat to poultry farming. It may also pose a risk to human health and is linked with urinary tract infections and sepsis. As the first to provide whole genome sequence data on APEC in Australia, the Australian Centre for Genomic Epidemiological Microbiology (AusGEM) has found that Australian APEC carry few antimicrobial resistance genes unlike APEC found overseas. This highlights the effectiveness of Australia’s strict regulation of antimicrobial use in agriculture.

AusGEM Phases 1 and 2 ran from 2014 to March 2020. AusGEM Phase 3 is scheduled to commence in 2020 and will conclude in 2024
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