Framing the Future with Bacteriophages in Agriculture
AbstractThe ability of agriculture to continually provide food to a growing world population is of crucial importance. Bacterial diseases of plants and animals have continually reduced production since the advent of crop cultivation and animal husbandry practices. Antibiotics have been used extensively to mitigate these losses. The rise of antimicrobial resistant (AMR) bacteria, however, together with consumers’ calls for antibiotic-free products, presents problems that threaten sustainable agriculture. Bacteriophages (phages) are proposed as bacterial population control alternatives to antibiotics. Their unique properties make them highly promising but challenging antimicrobials. The use of phages in agriculture also presents a number of unique challenges. This mini-review summarizes recent development and perspectives of phages used as antimicrobial agents in plant and animal agriculture at the farm level. The main pathogens and their adjoining phage therapies are discussed. View Full-Text
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Svircev, A.; Roach, D.; Castle, A. Framing the Future with Bacteriophages in Agriculture. Viruses 2018, 10, 218.
Svircev A, Roach D, Castle A. Framing the Future with Bacteriophages in Agriculture. Viruses. 2018; 10(5):218.Chicago/Turabian Style
Svircev, Antonet; Roach, Dwayne; Castle, Alan. 2018. "Framing the Future with Bacteriophages in Agriculture." Viruses 10, no. 5: 218.
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