Whole genome sequencing of Escherichia coli in healthy commercial pigs

This project involves using whole genome sequencing of E. coli and other microbes frequently found in pigs. This will help track the spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) genes.

Lead organisation(s):

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

Project type:

Intensive pig production introduces a significant number of bacteria, most notably E. coli, into the environment through pig faeces. E. coli can cause illness in both humans and livestock and poses a risk to the profitability of animal agriculture. By performing whole genome sequencing of E. coli and the other microbes frequently found in pigs, the Australian Centre for Genomic Epidemiological Microbiology (AusGEM) is helping track the spread of resistance genes through:

  • agriculture
  • humans
  • the environment.
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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