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Co-selection for antibiotic tolerance in Cu-polluted soil is detected at higher Cu-concentrations than increased Cu-tolerance

  • David Fernandez-Calvino
  • Erland Bååth
Publishing year: 2013
Language: English
Pages: 953-956
Publication/Series: Soil Biology & Biochemistry
Volume: 57
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

Co-selection for antibiotic tolerance in Cu polluted soils was studied in a laboratory experiment. Pollution Induced Community Tolerance (PICT) of the bacterial community was estimated using leucine incorporation. PICT was found in Cu polluted soils to tetracycline (>= 8 mmol Cu kg(-1)), tylosin (>= 16 mmol Cu kg(-1)) and vancomycin (>= 16 mmol Cu kg(-1)). PICT to the antibiotics was found at higher Cu pollution levels than PICT to Cu (>= 2 mmol Cu kg(-1)), suggesting that legislative limits protecting for effects of Cu on soil bacteria would also protect from increasing antibiotic co-tolerance. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


  • Biological Sciences
  • PICT
  • Cu
  • Tetracycline
  • Tylosin
  • Vancomycin
  • Leucine incorporation


  • Effect of environmental factors on fungal and bacterial growth in soil
  • BECC
  • Microbial Ecology
  • ISSN: 0038-0717
Erland Bååth
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