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The Green Antibiotics

Research Theme
Agriculture, Food and Environment
Lead Researcher
Dr. Sophie Kernéis
Duration of Project
Byrne Cook
Project Description

Since December 2018, Alberta meat producers face new major restrictions in how medical antibiotics can be applied.  Previously, antibiotics were included in animal feed to prevent infections and to promote growth.  However, with the urgent goal by the World Health Organization to reduce the threat of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the food industry requires new solutions to support animal production. Our project proposes to identify Green Antibiotics, which can replace medical antibiotics.  We will investigate plants, which are part of animal foods, for their antibiotic properties to develop a safe and economical solution to industrial use of medical antibiotics.