The informational text resource describes how researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Sydney tested for resistance to 10 antibiotics among 18 wildlife species and cattle in Botswana. The results from the tests showed that antibiotic resistance is being transferred to mostly carnivores at the top of the food web. Animals that show multi-drug resistance are crocodiles, leopards, hyenas, hippos, baboons, and warthogs. There also seems to be a correlation to drug resistance and aquatic life, but only certain species. Further research should be conducted in order to understand how the resistance moves across landscapes.
Subject(s): Science, English Language Arts, English Language Arts (B.E.S.T. - Effective starting 2021-2022)
Grade Level(s): 9, 10
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Keywords: antibiotic resistance, antibiotic, bacteria, gene transfer, ecosystem, food web, predators, microbes, E.coli, Botswana, text complexity, informational text
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Name of Author/Source: Sarah Gilbert, Jennifer Heflick, Cheryl Dybas, Lynn Davis
District/Organization of Contributor(s): Florida State University
Access Privileges: Public
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