Climate change: any dangers from antimicrobial resistant bacteria?

Charles W. Knapp, Ronald Turner, Emmanuel Salifu, Sadia Khan, Mark Stillings, Rebecca Tonner

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Antimicrobial resistance represents a threat whereby micro-organisms (particularly bacteria) become resistant to our antibiotics and disinfectants, thus complicating our ability to treat and prevent infections. This is often developed by sub-inhibitory exposures to our drugs and/or disinfectants, but it can be caused by (often negative) changes in the environment as a stress-response mechanism to environmental conditions, such as temperature, salinity, metals (potentially toxic elements), and organic pollutants.

Here, we explored possible mechanisms by which climate change could eitherdirectly (by changes in temperature and/or precipitation) or indirectly—such asshifts in human populations, disease vectors, agriculture, water availability, glaciation, and hydrology--could affect the development or transfer ofantimicrobial resistance in bacteria.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMicrobiomes and the Global Climate Change
EditorsShowkat Ahmad Lone, Abdul Malik
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9789813345089
ISBN (Print)9789813345072
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2021


  • antimicrobial resistance
  • antibiotics
  • disinfectant resistance
  • climate change


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