The UK government has provided £5 million of aid as part of a programme to manage antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in agriculture and its impact on the environment. The funding will be given to five research partnerships between the UK and Argentina, including a project involving Dr Graziella Iossa from the School of Life Sciences.

The funding has been awarded through the Global AMR Innovation Fund (GAMRIF) and will be matched in staff and lab resources by the National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) in Argentina.

British and Argentinian researchers are launching the ‘Tools to tackle AMR in the environment’ programme in Buenos Aires during October 2019.

One of the partnerships receiving the award is led by Dr Helen West (University of Nottingham) and Dr Sonia Gómez (Administración Nacional de Laboratorios e Institutos de Salud “Dr Carlos G Malbrán”) to develop best practice for waste management in commercial chicken farms in Argentina to manage AMR. This partnership links the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (Dr Andrew Singer) and the Universities of Leeds (Professor Lisa Collins), Nottingham (Dr Helen West and Professor Dov Stekel) and Lincoln (Dr Graziella Iossa, School of Life Sciences) in the UK, with ANLIS Malbran, SENASA, Univ. Nacional de Cordoba, INTA, and CONICET, in Argentina, to address the challenge of limiting AMR in poultry litter and consequent risks to human and bird health and to the environment. The multidisciplinary team has expertise in evolutionary ecology, policy, modelling, soil/manure ecology, animal welfare and husbandry, molecular microbiology, systems approaches and risk management.

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