University of Technology and NSW Department of Primary Industries Partnership (AusGEM)
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:
- the environment.